We stumbled across these guys right before SXSW last year. My buddy, Jefe and I caught a late night set and SafariMan saw them on a boat, of all places. All of us had the same reaction – damn good and full of untapped potential. Apparently, New West Records also took notice as they signed [...]The Source Article test
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The eggs were fresh, and served over biscuits with a portabello mushroom gravy. The bloody mary’s had just the right spice, and with enough vegetable garnish to make for a well-rounded meal. There were rock records, too. It’s always a joy when the Beachland invites me over to DJ brunch. And while I wasn’t able […]The Source Article test
Without the City of Detroit, there would be no Protomartyr. The two are tied together, though fortune, or misfortune, even if the larger population doesn’t realize it. Not only does the post-punk act frequently use the city’s struggles for songwriting inspiration, but one can also hear the challenging landscape’s influence in the music, too. On […]The Source Article test
Lamont “Bim” Thomas may have left the home studio behind for his newest record, Louder Space, but that doesn’t mean his punk-rock wrecking crew, Obnox, have changed their ways. “Bitch! Get Money!” is just the latest example of why Obnox is among the best Cleveland Rock has got to offer. Once content to shred, Obnox […]The Source Article test
“Avalon” and “Bless My Food” are the album’s bookends and also feature the two best guest appearances on the album from Roc Marciano and Tekh Togo, although the buzz worthy Boldy James’s verse on “Ain’t Nothing” isn’t far behind. Roc Marciano and Willie glide over Bronze Nazareth’s excellent David Axelrod sample flip on “Avalon” while Tekh Togo (who’s also the man behind the majority of Willie the Kid’s music videos) promises to “play the game like the Lannisters/ and pull some fire out the canister” before Willie ends the album by calmly repeating the mantra “Bless my food, say my grace/ God willing, I’m chilling in a good space”. It’s a simple sentiment of embracing the moment and being thankful for it, but its power is intensified because of how it relates to the rest of the album and Willie the Kid’s story.
The Living Daylights almost plays out like one giant thank you to mid 90′s witty gangster rap. Willie the Kid is the type of guy who knows every word to every classic gangster flick and every word to every classic hardcore rap album and his lyrics bear it out (“Willie two times/ I get the papers, get the papers”). It’s not by accident that his older brother La the Darkman (now going by L.A.D) who dropped a gangster rap classic as a Wu-Tang affiliate in Heist of the Century in 1998 shows up on two tracks, the hard-as-nails duet “Fucking Blades” and a short solo track, the murderous “Ice Cold Guinness”. He pays further tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan on “Wu Babies” by inviting the sons of Ghostface Killah and Old Dirty Bastard (Sun God and Young Dirty Bastard) to represent for the next generation of the Wu, which is appropriately closed by a classic ’90s quote from Ghostface about building a rap career to give “our babies” something to fall back on.
Willie’s shown an ability to “acclimate like a native” when it comes to working with different producers or artists, but The Living Daylights is an album that highlights his earliest influences and dreams for his life and career, his musical DNA. Bronze Nazareth’s rugged soul is the best current incarnation of the classic Wu-Tang sound and it gave Willie the perfect platform to put the music he sees in his head on full display. The Living Daylights is a confident album by an artist that locked himself in a comfort zone and saw his vision through to the end. It almost seemed inevitable that Willie the Kid would eventually team up with Bronze Nazareth for a full length project because of their Michigan roots and Wu-Tang ties, here’s hoping their next collaboration won’t take nearly as long to materialize.