VIDEO: “Can’t Change Us” – Prospect & Bryce Bowden (feat. Greg Cypher)

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.

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DOWNLOAD: Indigo Children: Tales From The Other Side – Kung Foo Grip

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New shit from Kung Foo Grip. The six-track EP, Indigo Children Tales From The Other Side, was produced entirely by Giorgio Momurda. It’s available now at KFG’s Bandcamp page for whatever you’ve got in your pocket.

UPDATE (3:51 pm): Here’s what I wrote (or will write) in my weekly column over at SSG Music tomorrow:

Kung Foo Grip is comprised of MCs Greg Cypher and F is H (or, FisH — see what he did there?). Hailing from the pristine land of suburbia known as Kirkland (that’s on the east side of Lake Washington, across the pond from Seattle for those that don’t know), this duo is on the come-up quick in the Pacific Northwest rap scene. On their latest release, Indigo Children Tales From The Otha Side (get it here), they invite producer Giorgio Momurda into their circle who quickly uses the EP’s six tracks to push the crew’s sound into the swirl of ambiguity that is hip-hop’s current fashion.

The video for “FVCKV9TA5″ above is a good example. Over Momurda’s controlled chaos of muted harmony, screwed vocals and video game explosions, KFG show off the lyrical dexterity first honed in many a Seattle cypher while bringing a dose of much needed energy and (ahem) color to their town’s otherwise dozy, monochromatic cul-de-sacs. “Esrever Ni” (or, “In Reverse”) meanwhile slides in somewhere between cloud-rap and dubstep. With a glut of rap currently coming out of the Puget Sound, Kung Foo Grip is on the shortlist of groups worth paying close attention to.

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VIDEO: “Def Yoda Pt. 3” – Kung Foo Grip (dir. by A.K. Romero)

The two cats from Kirkland’s Kung Foo Grip (Greg Cypher and F is H) are both under the age of 20, but got-damn if this ain’t some old hip-hop-soul music. Their Capitalize is available for streaming and download right here:

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DOWNLOAD: Capitalize EP – Kung Foo Grip

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I was mistaken, I thought Capitalize was going to be a full-length project from do-it-all Eastside crew Kung Foo Grip. That’s what I get for not asking someone. Still, my moderate disappointment at the project’s length was quickly counterbalanced by the range of MC motion that these dudes display. Greg Cypher plays the straight man, deadly technical with his but also able to break out when the track calls for it. Eff is H is like a human tuning fork, consistently close to letting himself become unhinged from the beat, but always vibrating just in time with it. Mess with them.

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