Last 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.