Though I’ll probably never let them forget about the time they overslept, thus missing an interview opportunity on WNYU radio (!!!), I’ll certainly forgive them on the basis of continuing to churn out the most fun-loving, breezy hip hop Seattle has to offer. “Groov” is the first drop from Brothers From Another’s upcoming Tacos on Broadway. Justo on the beat and lifetime undergrad Asher Roth with the cameo. Nice look, dudes.
Here’s a video preview of the upcoming album:
See, there are good reasons to treck to Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a Wednesday night! Music out of the 206 invades New York City for the next two evenings as electro/dance outfit The Flavr Blue (Hollis, Parker and Lace Cadence) play their first show in the Apple tonight at Cameo Gallery in post-hipsterville Williamsburg. Joining them are budding R&B singer Alisha Roney (who you will recognize from her two stellar turns on The Good Sin’s The Story of Love x Hate), singer Avery Storm, and Blue Scholars DJ/producer Sabzi. Sample a few tracks from TFB’s debut album Pisces, below.
And speaking of Blue Scholars…The currently touring duo will rock Bowery Ballroom for the
second third year in a row tomorrow tonight with The Physics and Brothers From Another on deck as support. Grab tickets here or meet me outside for a falafel on the Bowery tomorrow before the show!
The Town-anticipated clip for Brothers From Another’s “Molly Moon” (off their Taco Tuesday EP). Geo and Thig Nat make conspicuous cameos in the jam.
Brothers From Another manage to achieve a rare depth of connection with their listeners through a relatively simple hip-hop formula. It’s the best thing about the duo Tiglo and Cole who continue to belie their young age with a brand of hip-hop that roots itself in the easy-going tradition of mid-90s West Coast underground while remaining true to the themes and challenges posed to the generation to which they belong: a tech-savvy peer group with a set of post-college dreams that seem downright mythical compared to the reality that awaits them.
No matter. BFA lives and works in the hip-hop moment. With the aforementioned reality summarily placed on hiatus while the two attend college in California, it’s enough for Tiglo and Cole to spin rhymes about what confront them on the daily. Taco Tuesday‘s six tracks are spent celebrating — and lamenting — the travails of an active romantic life (good to know these dudes aren’t wasting away their healthy years on Saturday night Call of Duty sessions), summarizing the musical inspiration found within their own hometown’s rap scene (“Sonic Boom”), and counting their blessings while soberly memorializing those who find themselves in less fortunate situations (“5th Of May”).
There’s one track here that’s absolutely bananas from a production standpoint: Sabzi’s “Roxy” is all off-kilter tropical drums and playfully screwed vocals. Elsewhere, BFA willfully place their semi-charmed life lyrics over medium-paced grooves heavy on soul and Pacific Coast boom-bap.
Brothers From Another make this rap shit look easy. The plague of appearing as though they’re trying too hard is unknown to them, as is the dreaded rap pitfall of attempting to be something they’re not. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now: hip-hop inside the 21st century is in good hands as long as BFA continue to have their precocious say.
Taco Tuesday is the title of the new EP by Brothers From Another, due June 12. “Roxy” is the first single. That’s available for free below. I’m guessing an incalculable number of Mexican eating establishments across our fair nation offer a “taco Tuesday”-type promotion, but none can compare to the inestimable meal deal of Seattle’s very own Taco Del Mar. I used to indulge my fish taco jones every third day of the week when I lived out there. It’s part of the reason why I got fat. Not sure where I was going with this other than to say it’s hard to find a decent taco in NYC. Real talk.
Vitamin D makes harder beats than anyone in the SEA, that’s just a fact. Up-and-coming MC Rebel nabs five of ‘em here, the highlight of which is “Light Up (Shit You Like)” featuring Cole of Brothers From Another (who also show up in unison on “Outta Yo Mind”) and Antbeezy (delivering a rewind-worthy double-time verse). Aside from his tight-knit connection to Vita, Rebel has a lot going for him including a diverse flow and above-average technical skills. Definitely worth keeping your ears open for.
BFA is kind enough to keep 206UP.COM in the loop with their drops (video and otherwise) — so mad thanks to them! But the crew invariably forgets to include email attachments or links to the subject matter at hand which is always funny (not to mention endearing) to me.
The track “Neon Nights” and its accompanying video accurately finds the homies just trying to find their way home after a (presumably) raucous night out. Anyone who went to college can relate. Hell, I can relate every time I mistakenly get on the subway at 3:00 am heading in the wrong direction. Carefree intoxicated blundering is not strictly reserved for the very young.
Check out Brothers From Another’s excellent 2011 LP, Quality of Living, below:
Brothers From Another are in a late-night hazy state of mind on “Mr. Dynamite,” a moody swirl of a composition by producer Morg. And per the BFA standard, it’s a good mood.
Hip-hop is a young man’s game and, as an aging (and concerned) fan of the music, it’s hard for an old geezer like myself to put easy trust in kid rappers who are often more than ten years my junior. I want to hope that my beloved genre will be left in good hands that foster and advance the movement rather than retard and hinder. Much of the sh-t that’s really popping nowadays is more of a portent of things to come rather than a reason to be optimistic.
Brothers From Another are really bubbling right now. On their last project, Two Weeks Vacation, they held it down admirably with Town maestro Vitamin D (who, I think I read somewhere, is related to Goonstar) on “Midnight Special,” one of the best SEA tracks from 2010 (and heard on 206UP.COM’s Town Movement Mixtape available for the price of three clicks, here — tell a friend). On “BFA Say” they get an assist from another 206 stalwart, Sabzi. BFA’s next project, Quality of Living, drops on September 1.
Who says today’s youth is lost? Perhaps the most impressive thing about Brothers From Another, the SEA duo comprised of Breez and Goonstar, is how relatively calm and collected they seem compared to their other similarly-aged counterparts in the rap game. I caught BFA opening for Blue Scholars a few weeks ago at Neumos and their charming and energetic performance to a packed house seemed like second nature to them. This new clip for “Beeba Vision Part II” catches them doing what they do best: rapping with a breezy nonchalance, with styles rooted in a simple yet classic brand of hip-hop. Even brighter things are on the horizon for this crew.
The homie Antbeezy dropped his first mixtape project yesterday. Aside from being the tallest Filipino you will probably ever meet in your life (dude is 6’4″!), this young ‘un shows promising heart and hustle. His high-pitched, rapid-fire flow has come a long way since he first hit me up on the blog back in October ’09. The Becoming features a nice set of guest bars from Sol and Brothers From Another.
Peep a mini-feature on the MC by Detooz Films:
At Saturday’s sold-out Cinemetropolis Album Release Party, the second of a two-night run at Neumos, Blue Scholars had Seattle hip-hop fans eating out of their proverbial hands, as has been the case at all of the duo’s local shows for the last six years or so. The energetic all ages crowd followed Geo and Sabzi’s lead for nearly an hour and a half as the crew marched through a set list heavy on new material with a few select older favorites.
Shout-out to Harry, founder of Detooz Films. Click on over for exclusive interviews with move-making Townfolk like JusMoni, J. Pinder and the T.I.T.S. Crew. The clip above is a nice-to-meet-you glimpse at Brothers From Another, one of 206UP.COM’s favorite local rap crews puttin’ in good work these days.
Ah, young “Love” by Brothers From Another: “I”m gone, I’m leavin’/Movin’ on, believe it/I’m Lebron, you’re Cleveland…”
Downloaded BFA’s Two Weeks Vacation EP below.
Brothers From Another (BFA) found time between college courses to drop this brief and very dope EP, Two Weeks Vacation. TWV marks the third EP release from Breez and Goonstar all of which can be copped for free at their website, here. These dudes are young but have already mastered the art of don’t-try-to-do-too-much, aka. be-who-you-are, aka. stay-in-your-motherf-ckin-lanes. If they remain linked for the long run, expect even greater things.
Streaming below is a track off the EP called “Midnight Special” which features Vitamin D (!!!). Witness how BFA hang with one of the SEA’s greatest of all time. The fact that they actually sound like they belong on a track with the OG Vita is one hell of a statement.
“We go front back and around the globe/Put your hands in the air if you’re ready to roll,” declare Breez and Goonstar, the two young bucks of don’t-call-em-kiddie-rap-outfit, Brothers From Another.
Around the globe, really? Let’s just shoot for “around the Puget Sound” first and see what happens, okay fellas? Still, BFA is a breath of fresh air; their style is of the throwback West Coast variety and they always sound like they’re smiling in their raps.
Justo makes the beat here. A throwaway track for him certainly, but it gets the job done for BFA. Click below for the download, fam.
A young local cat looking to find his voice and place in Seattle’s crowded hip-hop market, Antbeezy, and fellow baby brethren like Brothers From Another, are looking to go straight from high school to the pros.
Success will probably be fleeting at first, but it should be interesting to see who emerges an All-Star. Download the first track, “The Becoming” off Antbeezy’s forthcoming mixtape of the same name:
(UPDATE: 2.18.10, 8:40 am) Antbeezy and BFA linked up for this track, “Holla.” A little something to look forward to at the 80′s Babies show tomorrow night. Click below to download:
BFA have already rocked a few shows around Town, but this one might be their best look yet. Catch Breez and Goonstar (and ‘Beezy, too) at the 80′s Babies benefit show in the U-District. According to this flyer, Macklemore and Blue Scholars will be there. Oh, word?! Check it out this week on the 19th!
A nice look by Brothers From Another. These dudes have been paying attention to the styles that came before them. Young ‘uns looking to take over.
I like these dudes. Brothers From Another are a couple young cats making some noise in the game. They may be early of age, but their favored sound is wise beyond their years, with ears well attuned to hip-hop’s golden era.
Click on the album cover below to download their latest EP, Too Soon?
Yes, hip-hop is a young man’s game. I’m 32 and there are certain t-shirts in my closet bearing logos that I can’t wear anymore. Similarly, there may be some music that I feel awkward listening to in my slightly-advanced age. (But I will not be telling you what it is.)
Brothers From Another may or may not be one of those groups. These two Echo Boomers (Breez and Goonstar) are hella young, in life and the rap game, so next time you see ‘em at a show, make sure to get their autographs now before they blow. (Like when Ken Griffey was playing minor league ball in Bellingham. Not that I’m comparing their potential to Junior Griff, I’m just sayin’…)
Download their free EP, Roots. Seeds. Stems. here. (And don’t tell their moms what the title of the album references – shhh, it’s marijuana cigarettes…)