After years of analysis--painstaking, intensive analysis--I've come to the conclusion that The Physics don't know how to make bad rap music. It seems that nowadays, many groups attempt--and succeed with flying colors--to make Bad Rap Music, but The Physics, I've come to realize, are simply not one of those groups. To support my findings, I'd like to direct you here, first of all; then also, of course, here; here; and here. Since I'm self-centered, I'd also like to point to this week's Short List, where I've written:
The Physics' recorded catalog is a portrait of consistency rarely equaled in rap music. The Seattle trio has gone to great lengths to ensure a high level of quality on each release, and their third LP, Tomorrow People, doesn't break tradition. The trademark ease with which MCs Thig "Nat" Natural and Monk Wordsmith grace Just "Justo" D'Amato's (and a few other premium-grade beatmakers') polished soul beats makes the work sound easy, and on tracks like "So Funky," "Take a Win," and "Drink With You," the gang handily ups the ante for chilled-out groove-rap. Some of the town's smoothest collaborators show up on TP, and the lineup for the album's release show tonight is no different.
I remember hearing The Physics for the first time, and thinking wow, this is local? They had a sound that surpassed my idea of what something made down the street could sound like. On record, their vibe is positive, their production is intricate and well-finished, and they reach a rare-level of professionalism with each release. Likewise, as performers, they're just plain smooth and charming. In short, whether they hit the stage with a live band or make it a turntables-and-mikes affair, their show this Saturday at Neumos is not one I'd miss. Tickets here.