About an hour after the Santos Party House doors had opened, I skipped the long line on Lafayette, one of the few perks of the freelance/poverty lifestyle, only to be groped mercilessly by a security guard upon entering. Trying my best to employ cultural relativism, this being my first rap show since moving to NYC last month, I shook it off and headed for the bar. El-P’s record release show drew an interesting mix from all boroughs, including familiar faces such as Dapwell from Das Racist and Mr. Len of Company Flow. Other special guests, performing guests to be specific, included Atlanta veteran Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Heems, and Nick Diamonds from Islands. To no one’s surprise, the hometown hero El-P sold out the downtown Manhattan venue and left little elbow room to be spoken …
After seeing Das Racist-affiliate Lakutis dj for Despot at El-P‘s Santos Party House record release show last night, it occurred to me that I never got around to checking his debut EP. Released back in December courtesy of Greedhead/Mishka, I’m In The Forest is pretty much what you would expect from the second best rapper with bitch hair out and possibly the first to reference Game of Thrones in a rap song. “I’m Better Than Everybody,” which features Kool A.D. and wins on title alone, is all the reason you should need to download Russian rhymer Lakutis’ 7-song debut.
El-P might have shuttered his legendary label Def Jux last year, but the East Coast producer/MC has found a new outlet for his tough and twisted style in Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, who are releasing “Drops Over BKLYN” as part of their singles program, promising 10 tracks in 10 week, and already featuring Best Coast, The Rapture and How To Dress Well.
These guys are possibly the next “big thing.” ?uestlove, El-P, and Das Racist were at their show in NYC and blew them up on Twitter afterwards. They’re something real special; breakbeats, 70’s psych harmonies, and crazy eclectic guitar. They are the truth. Album coming out on Fat Possum in June.