NEW MUSIC: “Bout That Action (Beast Mode Remix)” / “This Ain’t A Seahawks Anthem” – Spekulation (feat. Marshawn Lynch, Deion Sanders & Prometheus Brown)

Spekulation - Bout That Action

The Super Bowl story that’s not really a story: Marshawn Lynch and his (now trademarked) understated press conference appearances. Somewhere in here lives a thought piece on Marshawn’s brilliant upending of our country’s expectations of how Black athletes should present themselves to the public — the counterpoint to Richard Sherman’s outspoken cries of excellence. Why in God’s name aren’t we wringing our hands over this?!

Town rapper and producer Spekulation gives us the soundtrack for our rumination: “Bout That Action (Beast Mode Remix)” subverts our complex reactions to Marshawn’s curious behavior by employing a singular telling statement made by the man himself. The simple repetition of his sampled words, “Bout that action, boss”, are matched by the equally rudimentary drum pattern of the song, thereby distilling Lynch’s message to its fundamental constituent elements: He is, simply, ’bout that action, boss. And we should be, too. God bless everyone. And God bless the United States of Super Bowl America.

Update, 1.30.14, 4:45pm PST:


And the inevitable remix to the remix: “This Ain’t A Seahawks Anthem”, featuring Prometheus Brown rapping from what sounds like a busy sports bar lobby or the non-business end of his cell phone.

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NEW MUSIC: “Manny” – The Bar (prod. by Bean One)

The Bar - Manny

Ah, Manny Pacquiao… To carry the weight of an entire embattled nation upon your shoulders is a burden I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. On the new track, “Manny”, The Bar (who is Prometheus Brown + Bambu) lament last year’s KO at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, but are now likely celebrating last night’s victory over Brandon Rios. (I smell a follow-up track.) The Bar’s Barkada is out soon.


VIDEO: “Seahawks & Gumbo & Sh*t” – Prometheus Brown

Here’s a dilemma I hope I’m faced with next February: Finding enough coin in the couch cushions to travel to the Meadowlands to watch an unnamed hometown team do their damn thing in the unnamed Big Game. (Names have been omitted so as not to jinx their chances — not that I believe in that shit, anyway.)

(Thanks to Pro Brown for the clip.)

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NEW MUSIC: “Put It On The Line” – Chops (feat. Prometheus Brown & Bambu)

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Chops - Put It On The Line Bam

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really checked for Chops since his Virtuosity compilation album in 2003 — when I burned the deck out in my military green 4Runner bumping this joint — so go figure that it takes a collab with Town representative Pro Brown and de-facto Town rep Bambu to draw me back in to Chops’ roughneck, boom-bap headphone space. “Put It On The Line” premiered live on KEXP and the Soundcloud clip below has been making the Tumblr rounds (h/t to NW Hip Hop).

As far as Chops goes, he’s preparing a new album called Strength In Numbers, which you can support with a few duckets over at the official Kickstarter page.


VIDEO: “Books” – Bambu (feat. Prometheus Brown)

If Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis reunited to make a love song about books and then enlisted the rap stylings of two Filipino brothers this might be what they would come up with. Oh, and also if it were adapted into a sitcom set in the ’80s then you’d have this video. Whaaaaat…

(New The Bar album, Barkada, coming soon.)


VIDEO: “At It Again” – Prometheus Brown & Bambu (The Bar)

Here’s the latest video treatment for The Bar’s “At It Again” off that Walk Into A Bar record you should already have by now. The story about this one via the crew’s YouTube:

Footage shot July 2011 in Honolulu, HI by Canh Solo, lost in a devastating hard drive crash, miraculously recovered in 2012, and edited by Prometheus Brown in one stoned night.


NEW MUSIC: “May Day” – Prometheus Brown (prod. by Sabzi)


Hopefully by now you’ve seen Pro Brown’s spoken word commentary¬†in the Seattle Times on the recent (and not so recent) gun violence plaguing Seattle.

It’s unsettling to see how regional (cough! *socioeconomic* cough! cough! *racial*)¬†delineations in the city contribute to the imbalance in news coverage of identical acts of violence. But I don’t have to tell you that ’cause you already know, right? RIGHT? Here’s Geo acting as the much-needed voice of reason over a Sabzi beat you might find familiar. And if you have an extra moment in your day, make sure to check the Comments section of the Times piece. Some of the shit on there is abhorrent. These are our neighbors, fam. SMH.