Turnt up suburban angst leads to doing weird shit, like pre-heating your hammer in the microwave. So do Kung Foo Grip in their new hyped video for “M.I.A.,” directed by Adam McArthur.
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.
A.K. Romero is an affiliate of the Honor Roll crew (Kung Foo Grip, Bryce Bowden, Cake and $alad, et al) and, until now, you’ve likely only seen his name in the credits of various music videos he’s brought to life for the homies. On “Blue Skies,” A.K. steps from behind the lens to the front, and sheds darkness on the otherwise pristine Seattle summer. This self-directed clip is simple and a little scary; a perfect debut for an interesting new voice. HR teammate Kayne Ortiz on the beat.
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.
Dave B is a new kid on the scene. Linking with established producers KD Cutz, Tryfe and Kuddie Fresh, his full-length (and un-Googleable-y titled) album MCMXCII (that’s 1992 for those of you not up on your Roman numeral game) dropped today. Click through the images above for the download.
Below check out his most recent video for “Honor Roll” (directed by Avi Loud) and catch Dave opening for Brothers From Another at the Crocodile on July 29.
Kuddie Fresh-blessed beat for Dave B’s latest, “Honor Roll.”