It's like Vegas fool. San Francisco and the Bay Area rappers, producers and DJs all get together for one good cause, to get drunk as fuck and make good music. Gurp City consists of hip hop pioneers such as DJ Quest and DJ Eddie Def to underground legends like Bored Stiff and Sacred Hoop to freestyle champions TopR and Conceit...pretty much every alcoholic rapper in the Bay Area of California. The Gurp Fam keeps growing and innovating rap music with artists like Trunk Drank, Z-Man, Fist Fam, Grand Invincible, Fay Dog, G-Pek, Eddie K, DJ Marz, Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Bullet Proof Scratch Hampsters, DJ Cue, Brandon B, Luke Sick, Iron Fist, Thuggy Fresh, 6 Feet Deep, DJ Mathew Africa, 4oneFunk, DJ Teeko, DJ Max Kane, DJ Mista-B, DJ B. Cause, DNAE Beats, Boac, The Makai, Third Sight, The AlterBoys, MC Oroville, Illsquad, Live Human, Lords Crew, Alex Pardee, Zero Friends, Big Sammy, DJ Raw B and Fatees.
The turntablist mastermind DJ Quest is back with a new album as Questosahn!
….a collection of studio experimentation, using a range of electronic sources; turntables, drum machines, synths, effects, and more.. featuring turntablism with down-tempo and experimental-electronic-world to cinematic to electro-house, dance hall and techno rhythms…
From Brandon B:
“This album has major sentimental value to me. These songs bring back memories of a time where we were young and reckless yet showed potential of creating something great. This is not intended to be a rap album although my buddies and I wanted to spit the most obnoxious shit we could on a couple of these beats. All tracks were produced while I was living in Tucson, AZ with the exception of Devastating Beat Creators which was inspired by living in San Francisco and my profound love for old school hip-hop.”
If you’re into synths and shit, this is your record (Vol. 1 & 2)
On Grand Killa Con’s latest LP releaseLa Barranca, DJ Brycon and MC Luke Sick connect with DrumDealer Music for 12 brand new tracks. Brycon handled all of the production and created a unique audio imagery for Luke to interpret with his equally idiosyncratic slant on rhythmical rhyme perception.
Many efforts have been made to bring back the murk and warm dust of traditional boom bap, but GKC understand that this is not achieved through tribute and imitation alone. Through diverse loop and break hoarding, Brycon stretches and chops the limits of 90s Akai samplers and the morph of a living and breathing record collection. By pushing a new creative expansion through the envelope seam of a rugged standard, Luke is allowed to wander the MC landscape, desperate to plant his flag and stake his claim. He exposes beauty beneath the peel and flake of a dismal façade that is a society where mics must be wielded like Molotov cocktails to the brain.
Official Spill just unleashed the remix project for their stellar debut album, The Fill. Grab a glass and get the ReFill with remixes from EONS ONE, Brycon the Don, and Uncle Buck. As always this is best enjoyed at a LOUD volume.
DREONISM is a collaboration between drummer Andres Wade (God’s America, Cogs & Sprockets) and DJ Eons One (Grand Invincible, Spazz). Crate Goblins go to Vegas and check into the Roach Motel with a drum kit, a sampler and a handful of records. When it was all over, 10 hazy Goblin Gunk beats were able to be pulled out of DJ Eons’ sampler. This is the first release on Eons new label, Tinted Windows Record Co.
On Grand Killa Con’s “Dead Pheasant,” the latest leak from their La Barranca LP (due out on wax May 23rd, 2016), over a particularly dusted Brycon beat, MC Luke Sick raps: “In my Autonomous Temp. Zone, I’mma keep it all one hundred with the hemp rolled.” What does he mean? The concept he is referring to is taken from the writings of Hakim Bey concerning a Temporary Autonomous Zone or TAZ for short. “The TAZ is like an uprising which does not engage directly with the State, a guerilla operation which liberates an area (of land, of time, of imagination) and then dissolves itself to re-form elsewhere/elsewhen, before the State can crush it. Because the State is concerned primarily with Simulation rather than substance, the TAZ can “occupy” these areas clandestinely and carry on its festal purposes for quite a while in relative peace. [Kinda like underground music, no?] The State cannot recognize it because History has no definition of it, making it a perfect tactic for an era in which the State is omnipresent and all-powerful and yet simultaneously riddled with cracks and vacancies. Babylon takes its abstractions for realities, precisely with in this margin of error the TAZ can come into existence.” Like it says in the first paragraph: “particularly dusted.” The accompanying video was filmed by GKC themselves, seemingly as the TAZ dissolves. The End.
Grand Killa Con celebrates the vinyl release of their “52 Rooms” EP (www.artofrec.com) with these visuals for the song “Who’ll Be First?”. Producer Brycon channels his inner-luddite via this 8-bit banger seemingly inspired by a kush nap in front of an NES console stuck on the Double Dragon pause screen. Furious in style as it is funky for the future shock, the beat challenges the GKC MC Luke Sick, and guests Awol One (Massmen/Shapeshifters/The Cloaks) and Eddie K (Bulletproof Space Travelers/Trunk Drank/Gurp City), to remain stoic and unabashedly ruff, rugged and raw while laughing in the face of an ever-softening, passive-aggressive, so-called “progressive” society. Who’ll be first to catch this beatdown, indeed. The accompanying visuals metaphorically recall a time in the Old Bay Area, where GKC hail from, when the marginalized and unheard made an effort to stick it to the man and baffle the squares at every turn, because life was nothing if you couldn’t do a little action every now and then. “52 Rooms” was released digitally through Megakut Records and can be heard here in its entirety:
The unstoppable force known as Grand Killa Con is back their latest single and video for “Data Check” from the forthcoming album La Barranca. This joint is fucking bonkers. Look for the album digitally in collaboration with Drum Dealership and on vinyl from Dusty Crops.
La Barranca coming soon as well as alot of new music from Luke Sick and Brycon.
Gurping to live.
The wait is over, the incredible Grand Killa Con E.P. 52 ROOMS is now available on vinyl from the dope folks at Art Of Rec! Available in black and on colored wax both pieces are limited to 150 copies so act fast….
White Mic returns this time teaming up with Deuce Eclipse as The Vegetable and The Bandidos. The album starts with a dope title track produced by Brycon and never lets up. Its a socially and politically conscious album done right. Top notch lyricism matched with equally great production. I cannot recommend this enough. An incredible addition to both artists catalog. Can’t forget the sick cover art by Z-MAN.