12 de la Noche
Years before Latin trap earned international notoriety, Tali Goya did música urbana the New York way. Teeming with authentic uptown vibes, Top Hitta showcases just how connected the rapper remains to the multifaceted musical movement in which he played such a vital early role. A versatile spitter, he sprays streetwise references across raw rap cuts like “GG4” and “En Paz.” Reteaming with original Harlemite cohort Messiah on the airy “Pruebas,” he then flaunts metro area pride further with the Bronx’s Alpa El Rapero De La I on “El Reloj” and Jersey native Fetty Wap on the vibrant “Broadway.” Notably, the project doesn’t rely strictly on his trapero bona fides, opening him up to broader urbano styles. Attuned to the Dyckman Street scene, Tali captures the clubby Dominican dembow sound on “Sonidista,” while “La Movie,” a thumping Linkin Park reinterpretation, radiates cinematic quality.