The last time Laws graced DJBooth's pages was over two years ago, and that was following a two-year gap.
For all intents and purposes, the Florida emcee hasn't been regularly releasing music since 2011, and this isn't your typical "fell off" or "retired" story. As far as anyone could tell, Laws just straight up vanished.
The Twitter and Facebook accounts associated with his career were deleted out of nowehere, he stopped putting out music, and that's been as much as we've known for years now.
Let's be clear, from around 2009 to ‘11, Laws was the man. He was working with other buzzing artists like Big K.R.I.T. and Jay Rock, producers like 9th Wonder and of course J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and releasing acclaimed projects. It really felt like he was the next to blow. And that's why his sudden disappearance has made his name a constant presence in "whatever happened to?" conversations.
There’s a good side to this story: Laws is coming back.
Just last night, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League tweeted a simple message: “If we say it’s coming, it’s coming.... @LawsIsHipHop.” Attached was a potential project cover with no title. This adds to the mystique that Laws has shrouded himself in over the years. He gives just enough information to get you excited, but nothing more.
A little more digging has revealed that we’ve actually heard more from Laws recently as one-half of Cinco Boy$, who quietly released one song this past summer titled “BL^CK V^N MUZYK.” The song has a ‘90s New York vibe thanks to the legendary Pete Rock on the beat, and both artists sound right at home on it.
Nobody knows why Laws choose to step away or what a comeback will entail. It’s hard to come back after a long break, especially when you get rid of your social networks. But at least he’s back to step one. Luckily, Laws’ doesn’t sound like he’s suffering from quality issues, so good music will always spread in some capacity.
It might take a while, but let’s hope this is the beginning of an amazing new chapter in Laws' career. There are so many questions that only Laws himself can hopefully address one day, hopefully we can convince him to answer those questions here.
[By Sermon, noted Boys Meets World expert. This is his Twitter.]