A lyrical onslaught from the 96 collective and an assortment of their gifted friends, opening for Fashawn at the Crocodile this past March. Enjoy.
Filmed on location in downtown Seattle and just outside the Unabomber’s house*, Bryce Bowden and Prospect (rhyme partners on the upcoming Quality Over Quantity 2) go in over a minimalist electro instrumental.
Budget video, budget grill, budget swimming pool; but the track rings true and so do the Honor Roll affiliates who rap on it. Bryce Bowden (that’s the dude on the roof) is one untied shoelace away from a Jackass video. I can dig it, tho. AK Romero behind the lens.
Honor Roll affiliate Bryce Bowden dropped the first video from his BZA The Damaga album. “Thursday” was produced by Mello Music Group’s Def Dee and the video was shot by A.K. Romero.
Bryce Bowden (no relation to Bruce Bowen) is part of the Eastside’s Honor Roll collective — Kung Foo Grip, Matic, et al — and BZA The Damaga is his third album. Bryce stands out for his refined, comfortable flow. He’s the type of rapper with an infectious, natural ease on the mic but he can also hit the gas when the beat calls for it.
BZA features a nice array of boom-bap, from the revivalist knock of “Thursday” to the R&B-tinged “Summertime” (featuring guest shots from Sol and Dice). Catch Bowden “high at the farmer’s market” or reluctantly taking a ride in a stolen set of wheels (“No Other Options”). Wherever you find him, 206UP is happy to report BZA The Damaga is the first top-notch entry in Seattle rap in 2014.