The "3badbrothaaas" of Dyme Def have been busy. Real busy. Here's a quick breakdown of the latest and greatest, with insight from group member Brainstorm via e-mail:
Renee McMahon L to R: Fearce Villan, Brainstorm and S.E.V.
Sex Tape: Partially spawned by a business partnership with risqué clothiers T.I.T.S. (Two In The Shirt), this 11-track project makes no effort to hide its intentions. Featuring production by Brainstorm, Bean One, Tryfe and Tha Bizness as well as a few choruses from Spaid, the trio gets their grown man on with a level of polish that challenges the perception of what Seattle hip-hop is capable of--just like they did back in 2006 with Space Music. And, just like that record, this one is a must-have. Coming soon is the album's July 8 release party hosted by Spaceman at the Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret--which, by the venue choice alone indicates this won't be the typical Seattle rap show (tickets available here).
"I like the diverse and grown up feel that it has, way different from any other album you've heard us do and that was the point... we showed everybody we could rap already. Now it was time to try something different and push our boundaries."
YUK: Adopting the Dyme Def Mr. Yuk "Yukface" logo, but with a bar code over the eyes, Fearce Villain and producer/graphic artist Bean One have adopted a fresh spin on a long-time collaboration. With a single that throws back to the Space Music sound ("Yuk The World") and a series of tees (the first of which available at Goods), the brand is in its infant phase but worth keeping an eye on now.
The Celestine Prophecy: Brainstorm is no stranger to working independently from the group, and his new project is set to release this summer with production from himself as well as Tha Bizness, Kuddie Fresh, Marcus D and a few others, as well as some carefully shrouded guest emcees. He's keeping a lot of info under wraps, but if the series of freestyles he released to the 'net are any indication--over beats including Drake's "Miss Me" and "Light Up" as well as Young Jeezy's "Lose My Mind" re-titled "Fuck Ian Walsh" (that's the teen-punching cop)--the solo record is going to be exciting at the least.
"It was really a spur of the moment idea... I was recording so much music that the records starting blending.... I put it in a order in my iTunes and listened to it and it all worked... once I knew I had a somewhat cohesive project I said to myself, "'Why am I still sitting on these songs?'"
Space Music 2:Last but not least, Brainstorm shed a little light on the in-progress work that will become the follow up to Dyme Def's 2006 breakthrough. I'll let him close that out in his own words.
"Space Music 2" is up next. We are actually working on it as I type this. Not sure when it will be out... may not even be this year... but to follow up such a successful album which "Space Music" was... it's gonna take a lot of time... scrapping songs... arguing between the group... and patience."