Kirkland cloud rap purveyors Kung Foo Grip have a new nine-track album out called Growing Up in the Future. It features production by like-minded artists Keyboard Kid, Giorgio Momurda, and others who keep with their consciously detached vibe. Emcees Greg Cypher and Eff Is H continue to spit rhymes with an urgency that commands attention, and have only honed their skills. They've also contracted some prime vocal assistance in Kirk Huffman (Wild Orchid Children, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground), Jarv Dee, and Kris Kassanova. The release is solid, and KFG continues to level-up.
Art Vandelay premiered a deliciously creepy new split video on Vice's website for "Eye 8 the Crow" and "So What?", which are two tracks from the duo's outstanding upcoming (April 2nd) third release, Eye 8 The Crow. Directed by Vandelay emcee Ricky Pharoe, the video features some light butterfly knife torture in its first half, and woozy low-color, inner city/outer galaxy transitions in the second. Producer Mack Formway continues to push his craft with well-treated loops, large-scale drums, and appropriate Danny Brown drops. Big things on the horizon for Vandelay, says I.
Last week, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the Ellen show for the second time, and performed their NOW-PLATINUM song "Thrift Shop." Some thoughts: great entrance; beat is nice crispy as always; first verse is cool, second is meh; the jean jacket is an excellent touch. Painted by local artist Derek Erdman - who also pens wonderfully snappy Line Out posts - the jacket appears to take DeGeneres by surprise, and she professes her love for the two. Cue smiles all around.