Ever since I first heard Ugly Frank on Khris P‘s song “Casino Royale” I was impressed with his flow and immediately wanted to hear more. Since then Ugly Frank has continued to develop as part of ILLFIGHTYOU and now with BOBBY HILL Frank is definitely at the top of his game. Throughout the EP Frank tears through every track without ever sounding like he’s slowing down while trying out any flow he wants to and out-doing any rapper who’s tried it before him. As much as this EP is a victory for Ugly Frank, its just as much of a victory for Kream Team who produced every song on it. Kream Team have always had a quirky and distinctive sound, but their production has always sounded a little bit held back until now. On BOBBY HILL, every beat shines through clearer than ever and makes Kream Teams’ spacey synths and odd samples sound as equally huge as Frank’s personality. Every song on this EP is worth listening too but you can stream two of my favorites below and the whole EP after the jump.
Gorgeous Children have been on our radar since releasing their debut mixtape about a year ago. Even though that tape was extremely good, we haven’t heard much from them until now. ICE is the Seattle duo’s second full project and shows further progression into their dark and dismal take on rap. Over the course of the past year both members of the act have improved excessively in their crafts. Gila Monsta’s beats are cleaner than ever, contorting obscure samples into bubblingly bleak soundscapes and Face Vega tears through them with catchy hooks and ferocious verses. The highlight of the tape for me would probably be “Daiyamondo” on which Gila Monsta creates a beat stuck somewhere between grime and Mystic Stylez and Face Vega rips it apart, sounding like he’s almost barreling out of control with aggression by the end of his verses. Stream “Daiyamondo” below and the whole tape after the jump.
I still don’t really know how I stumbled on this release, but I think that adds to the darkness of it, so I’m going to try to leave it that way. Underworld Dust Funk are the trio of Caz Green, Khrist Koopa, and Bolo Nef hailing from Seattle, and they make some of the darkest rap I’ve heard in a while. At face value, the lyrics on this album aren’t anything new or special, repeatedly referencing drugs and womanizing, but when constantly hammered into your brain over the entire 35 minutes of this tape, backed by incredibly bleak yet huge beats, it completely pulls you into UDF’s own hazy world. UDF aren’t doing anything revolutionary on this album, but what they are doing, they are doing really well. Stream two of my favorite tracks below, and the whole album after the jump.
When you think of classic hip-hop cities Tacoma, Washington usually doesn’t come to mind but ILLFIGHTYOU is repping Tacoma well these days with a timeless sound. ILLFIGHTYOU consists of producer-turned-rapper Khris P Kream (mostly handling the production side of things) and rappers Ugly Frank (who’s viciously swagged verses you might remember from “Casino Royale” on Khris P Kream’s YES mixtape) and EvergreenOne. For the trio’s debut track “92″ Khris P puts down a beat that sounds like some classic West Coast gangsta rap meets Khris P’s Neptunes influenced style and both EvergreenOne and Ugly Frank lay down verses that serve as great introductions to their clever styles and laid back flows. Unfortunately Khris P’s previous work (as awesome as it has been) has not gotten nearly as much attention as it deserves so lets hope people will start to take notice of ILLFIGHTYOU.
Ever since Spaceghostpurrp had a falling out with ASAP Rocky and the rest of the ASAP Mob, he has directed all his focus to helping get his own collective, Blackland Raider Klan off of the ground. Although Purrp and Rocky worked decently well together, I think I’m happier with Purrp focusing on Raider Klan because if you visit their youtube page, you can see that Purrp has gathered some really unique talent. Since there are so many great videos on that youtube page, I thought I would make this post to highlight the cream of the crop of the country-spanning collective. Above, you can see a fairly new video from 17 year old wunderkind, Seattle producer/rapper Key Nyata, and after the jump see a slew of videos from other talent from Raider Klan.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard new material from our favorite Seattle indie-rock group Yuni in Taxco, and it appears the time has been put to good use. The over six minute track, ‘Echoes’, is one of the most convincing tracks we’ve heard from Yuni to validate all the lofty claims we’ve already made about their music. This is psychedelic rock done right. It’s not over elaborate, mind bending or genre-smashing. Instead, ‘Echoes’ is a pretty straight-forward jam that manages to be anything but conventional. ’Echoes’ is my first taste of their new album Prizes which drops physically in June but is streamable over at Havaii Records’ Bandcamp… I’m going to go listen to that.