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A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

March 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

The new EP from ILLFIGHTYOU’s Ugly Frank | New recordings

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 6.53.21 PMLast year’s self-titled debut from Tacoma trio ILLFIGHTYOU took them from relative unknowns to one of the best new talents in an already strong local rap climate — and is one of the main reasons why it’s not cool for Seattle people to talk sneeringly about Tacoma anymore.

The strongest points about the ILLFIGHTYOU album were the in-house production from duo Kream Team (member Khris P and his brother LouSwang) and UGLYFRANK’s goofy but sharp alpha-aggro verses — all guns, drugs, and stealing your girl — and this is exactly what makes his solo EP BOBBY HILL a can’t-miss event.

Listen to a taste here.

It’s almost 30 minutes of just Frank’s dexterous, punch-combo raps over new (or at least previously unreleased) Kream Team beats, which again are undeniable slaps that sound either futuristic-as-hell (the glitchy, menacing electronic opener “Frank Truise,” which demands to be ran back a couple times after hearing the beat drop halfway through) or are refreshing takes on classic styles (West Coast g-funk spinoff “90” — which also features EverGreenOne, the third member of ILLFIGHTYOU — or the Timbaland-esque shuffle of “Left Ova”). Even with the belligerence of some of the lyrical content, BOBBY HILL is pretty undeniable, and has appeal for rap fans from golden-age old-school heads to blog-reading teens.

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