This Week In Rap: Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death's Exalted LP; Brothers From Another's Taco Tuesday EP; DarqMatter's DarqScience [Carbon?-?14]"/>
This week's This Week In Rap post presents perhaps the sharpest contrast between dark and light, heavy and carefree sounds that TWIR has dared to undertake thus far. We begin with the grinning villain of the overblown comic strip that is the local rap landscape, Nacho Picasso. Exalted is his third collaborative full-length album with local sound architects Blue Sky Black Death (with help from Raised By Wolves) in the last ten months. To me, this clustered release schedule, along with literal lines like "Hey record labels, hey big wigs/you want to eat with me, you better bring a big bid" (from nicely referential song "Tom Hanks") stand as taunts to national A&Rs, showing them what they're missing out on each month they remain unsigned.
Musically, the team chooses to improve upon, rather than depart from their previous work. This works as well as you might imagine: the beats are predictably filthy; the lyrics are predictably quotable ("Fuck a Maybach, I belong on a pirate ship"); and Nacho's cadences are consistently simple. This seeming redundancy proves more comforting than monotonous (at least as comforting as someone claiming that "[his] father's Dirty Harry/[his] mother's Bloody Mary" can be), as we find ourselves sucked right back into the deranged guilty-pleasure underworld that we found ourselves in only a few months ago. It's rad, and it's streaming on Nacho's Bandcamp page as per usual. Give it a listen.
Local duo Brothers From Another have a good thing going. The long-time friends are upbeat, high on life, and reflect that in their rhymes. They sound genuine, and when they rap about girls and ice cream ("Molly Moon"), it takes you back to a time when things like that were all that mattered. In a way, we like BFA because we can live vicariously through their happiness, and ride it toward our own good mood. It's a bit strange to hear them rap about coke and the downfalls of the nightlife ("Roxy"), but I'll probably have to get used to this kind of subject matter from them the more years that go by (#parentreview). Taco Tuesday is a great summer soundtrack. Listen to it here.
I saw DarqMatter play the Funhouse early last year, and live, I thought they were going for a One Day As A Lion thing, but, listening to their new LP, DarqScience [Carbon?-?14], they sound much more in the vein of Death Grips. DM's industrial metal-rap isn't exactly my thing, but I definitely caught myself making an "awe yeah" nasty face when a few of the beats dropped. DJ Chico Che and MC/guitarist Archmoth are pretty good at putting heavy sounds together. This would probably make for a good listen at the gym. Find it here.