Review: “Passport Bros” by Bas & J. Cole

Jordan Listenbee
2 Min Read

This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Time to get your passport stamped! With production reminiscent of Pharrell’s “In My Mind” era, the hilariously yet trendy titled “Passport Bros” by Bas and J. Cole easily mixes Afrobeat and Bossa Nova with a jazzy string section that serves up a beachside bop perfect for the summertime.

Bas’ laid-back, rhythmic flow, along with some cleverly used product placement, lends itself well to the song’s intercontinental instrumentation. Comparatively, Cole’s signature staccato aligns with his masterful wordplay to make the track’s two halves fuse together perfectly to create a referential, yet original track. Let me drive the boat!

Watch the “Passport Bros” video, stream it, or purchase some J. Cole or Bas on vinyl

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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