Rap trio Injury Reserve have linked up with Rico Nasty and fellow Arizona natives Pro Teens for “Jawbreaker,” an off-kilter track with cutting critiques of hypebeast culture and the fashion industry.
The artists take turns speaking their truth and cracking wise over a tinkling, bare-bones beat sprinkled with handclaps. Injury Reserve’s Ritchie With a T gets off some cheeky, conversational bars about Instagram, but reserves his most biting lines for Ian Connor, a model who continues to work in fashion despite numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Rico Nasty addresses closed-minded notions of how black women should look—“You know that you are a black girl, right? / Your hairs s’posed to be sowed in, not spiked up”—while Injury Reserve’s other rapper Stepa J Groggs reflects on wealth and personal struggle. Pro Teens deliver the hook, which degenerates into a distorted riot by the end of the track.
The song dropped with an accompanying video, which depicts a fashion show at which Injury Reserve and members of Pro Teens are in attendance. Watch it below: