Bleubird Lauderdale on LP
News stories coming out of Florida are often so bizarre and difficult to believe that they have spawned games like Late Night with Seth Meyers's Fake or Florida, where the host shares an absurd news bit and has audience members guess on its validity. Florida Man Threatens Life of Drunken One-armed Mexican Chop Shop Operator for Leaking Hazardous Fumes into Adjacent Recording Studio. Florida Man Accidentally Feeds his Dreadlocks to a Dog Named Gandhi. Florida Man Enlists Honey Boo Boo Director for Latest Southern Rap Video.
None of those headlines ever made it to Fake or Florida, but they are all true stories. And they all involve a Florida rapper by the name of Bleubird. Somewhere between the tropical beaches, pockets of culture-starved boredom, retirement communities, and bath salt cannibals, lies a small community of DIY artists playing the hands they were dealt and trying to build something in the void. Bleubird is one of these people.
Recorded at Audio Architeks studio after the city kicked Bleubird and producer Mister Belvedere out of the Broward County warehouse where they had been living and mapping out the record, Lauderdale splits the difference between the escapist party rap of Young Lauderdale and the introspective, nuanced narratives that Bleubird has been churning out since the turn of the century. Produced entirely by Belvedere, the album features guest shots from fellow Florida natives Astronautalis ("FL As Fuh") and Pompano Slim ("Lauderdale Squad") as well as NYC rap duo Swag Toof ("$alt Lyfe $hawty").
Over 12 relentlessly upbeat Belvedere bangers, Bleubird goes back and forth between laidback, simplified patterns and a ferocious, rapid-fire delivery to suplex his critics and muse on his place in hip hop, love for his hometown and uhhh...NPR. His passion, humor, and technical rap skills have coalesced into the most accessible album of his 15-year career.
Bleubird has traveled the globe many times over, rocked shows and collaborated with indie rap's nest (Grand Buet, Sole, Ceschi), washed dishes and worked odd jobs to live illegally in places like Montreal and Berlin, but was always bound for Fort Lauderdale to build new dreams in the place of any that may have died along the way.