ILLFIGHTYOU’s Mosh-Pit Trap Hits the Crocodile

You can find the Tacoma-based trio ILLFIGHTYOU at the corner where glass-rattling bass intersects with murder-mayhem lyricism.

The ILLFIGHTYOU crew. Photo courtesy of the artists

You can find the Tacoma-based trio ILLFIGHTYOU at the corner where glass-rattling bass intersects with murder-mayhem lyricism.

Comprising UGLYFRANK, Khris P, and EvergreenOne, the group produces aggressive, adrenaline-fueled anthems laced with beats that will make you bob your head clear off your shoulders. What makes the group so appealing is its style, which one might describe as “mosh-pit trap.” No Auto-Tune, no harmonies, no R&B hooks. Their canon includes zero love songs or anything that resembles “conscious hip-hop.” ILLFIGHTYOU’s niche is turn-up tracks powered by sex, drugs, and violence, aimed to get a crowd juiced.

While they sometimes drift into dreamy flows pining for big-money futures full of beautiful women, fancy cars, and exotic vacations, the bulk of their playlist remains within the scope of their present-day endeavors—like the tales of whipping Winnebagos and spilling sangrias in Whole Foods on their Cash in the Bathrooms EP.

The subject matter of ILLFIGHTYOU can at times walk the line of typical trap, but the group is definitely crafty with tracks like “ENTERFASE,” where EvergreenOne raps about getting high watching HD Internet porn. UGLYFRANK, who clearly doesn’t give any fucks about anything, is truly cut from hip-hop’s purest cloth, with edgy rhymes that he puts on full display as he gasses tracks like “90” and “LEFTOVA.” Freddie Gibbs with ILLFIGHTYOU, Chaz French, and Cool Nutz. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, $20. All ages. 8 p.m. Mon., April 4.

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