On his first solo venture, The Push, Raashan Ahmad uses his experience fronting the Crown City Rockers to return to the boom-bap basics of hip-hop. But it isn’t much of a departure from his work with that Bay Area-based live band. Keeping the same organic aesthetic and vibe, he employs his crewmates–along with DJ Vadim, Eligh, Descry and others–to produce an album that’s fun, personal, and, without being cheesy, true to hip-hop. The Push blends various influences, from the dancehall-inspired “City Feel Proud” to the retro soul of “The Crush.” Ahmad also gets personal on “Cancer,” rapping with so much despair about his mom’s passing that it sounds like he’s about to cry. This is what passion sounds like.