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.


VIDEO: “Blue Skies” – A.K. Romero

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.



VIDEO: “New Wa$hington Order (N.WA.O.)” – Cake & $alad

Cake and $alad are Honor Roll champions (same family as the beloved Kung Foo Grip, if you’re drawing Seattle rap family trees). Their FRVR UNDRGRND is worth a few spins. “New Wa$hington Order” is from that collection and it cares way more about being dope than you.

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NEW MUSIC: BZA The Damaga – Bryce Bowden

Bryce Bowden - BZA the Damaga frontBryce Bowden - BZA the Damaga backBryce 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.



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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.

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