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From label Crane City Music, home to Seattle, WA's premium underground hip-hop, comes 2KFG, the full-length breakthrough from Kung Foo Grip. This rap duo – Greg Cypher and Eff Is H, two wild-eyed, long-haired young brothers – are already vets in the swiftly-shifting scene, known for their epic live performances. As music critic Larry Mizell Jr. says in the 2KFG liner notes, "Kung Foo Grip have always been flamethrowers, but lately they've been eating straight gunpowder."
2KFG is an autobiographical 12-track concept record that lives up to it promise, thematically covering the group's shared burdens of pain and alienation. Described by radio station KEXP as "hip-hop's Dark Side of the Moon," it opens quietly, melodic hooks fading in and providing emotional counterweight to the premium-diesel bars that come later. The music incorporates the best elements of old- and new-school flow, from classic cipher rat cadence-work, raw, holding-their-nuts disregard, through to the stripped-down electronic interludes of early ‘90s new wave. Guest verses are summoned from the old and new cats of Pacific Northwest rap, Nacho Picasso, Misundvrstood, Mr. Nicenice and 2Cup Slim.
The project's sole producer, Keyboard Kid, legend of Basedworld, associate of Lil' B, delivers his most nuanced album-length work to date, bringing a hammer to the rumbling 808s and demon-arcade synths, and a painter's touch to the many subtle moments best appreciated in headphones.
• Full-length debut from one of the hottest groups in Seattle's underground hip-hop scene
• Entire record produced by Keyboard Kid, main collaborator of Lil B and Clams Casino
• Pressed on colored vinyl, limited to 500 numbered copies
• Cover photography by Seattle artist Andrew Imanaka
• Extensive liner notes written by Larry Mizell Jr.
• Specially mastered for vinyl by Adam Gonsalves