Plenty of 4/20 press was flying through the 206UP inbox last week, including this too-hype-for-getting-stoned video look from Reklez. My experience with the green has been limited but not once did I ever feel like a bomb was going off around me. Maybe I was smoking the wrong shit? Johnny Juliano on the beat and Produktive behind the lens.
D-Sea is a “hibernating Seattle hip-hop artist” according to the rapper’s Facebook page. You saw him though — if you were paying attention, that is — on the blog about a month ago when he dropped the video for “Hold Up”, the first song from his new EP Nightmares & Fantasies. D pals around with L.A.C.O.S.A. clique members Mack E and Produktive — good company if your focus is lyric-based hip hop fundamentalism (one of the few times that that word is associated with something good). In any case, check out D-Sea’s latest single, “Stayin’ Up”, below.
Ripynt and the L.A.C.O.S.A. clique are acting up in the former’s new video for “Red Cup Affair” (directed with hedonistic flourish by Dyllyn Greenwood and produced by Produktive). Expect more antics on Ripynt’s upcoming A Beautiful Funeral.
Carl Roe’s rappity rap gets hella dark on his new song and video, “Bruja” (“Witch” in Spanish). There’s a metaphor in there if you feel like transposing for Rap Genius. The track is off CR’s upcoming Ones & Zeroes which has the nebulous “forthcoming” release date.
L.A.C.O.S.A. collective does rappity-rap. From Produktive’s upcoming White Noise due this summer.
L.A.C.O.S.A. teammate Produktive came through today with a new video: “Ken Griffey” (featuring fellow local MC/producer Q Dot). Watch for Pro’s solo album, The White Noise, coming soon.
The Northwest is home to countless artists who strive to bring higher consciousness to their craft and hope to become beacons of enlightenment for their communities. Produktive attempts to do nothing of the sort, and instead uses his vast vocabulary, pronounced punctuation, and lyrical precision to appeal to his audience.
So, yeah, that’s cool I guess.