Dregs One & Brycon: Invasion of the City Snatchers (Gurp City, 2016/Megakut Records, 2017)

February 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Dregs One & Brycon: Invasion of the City Snatchers (Gurp City, 2016/Megakut Records, 2017)

Dregs One & Brycon: Invasion of the City Snatchers (Gurp City, 2016/Megakut Records, 2017)

Powerful, highly focused album from a San Franciscan hip-hop duo. They waste no time on this brief, potent album; every song and interlude offers profound insight on inner city struggles, racist cops, and people from the outside who could do something to help, but don’t. It’s straight-to-the-point and truthful, but it’s not imposingly serious or angry, or pointing fingers. It’s still hopeful (especially on tracks like “Say a Prayer”) and they still seem intent on creating songs that are easy to vibe to. Musically, it stays true to the golden era — jazzy loops, breakbeats, smooth flows, sharp lyrics. It’s refreshingly gritty and unpolished rather than commercial-sounding or trendy. Near the end of the album is “A San Franciscan Eulogy”, an a capella freestyle poem performed live on the streets, backed only by turbulent wind and clanking bottles. Listen now on Bandcamp.

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