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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bay Area HipHop, Meet Bay Area Garage Rock

Posted by on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 10:13 AM


Bay Area hiphop crew Fist Family have just released a new digital double single onto internetland, maybe heralding a new movement in Northern California hiphop in the process. Beat maestro Al Lover calls it garage rap—a show of regional solidarity as well as an olive branch extension to a different crowd, the beats on the genre's inaugural singles feature samples from the leaders of San Francisco's psych scene. The instrumentals from "All Mine" and "Part of the Game" pull from Ty Segall's "Alone" and Thee Oh Sees' "Flash Bats," respectively, and the accompanying artwork above blends Fist Family with the covers of Melted and Warm Slime.

Gus Cutty provides the rhymes on both tracks, spitting bluesy and boozy over Segall, then planting a druggy chorus above a sea of delay-drenched yelps from Oh Sees' John Dwyer. If you're wondering, the respect between rap and rock camps flows both ways—both Segall and Dwyer kindly gave permission for the samples to be used. Feel the love, Bay Area. Feel the love. Now I want to see the Pacific Northwest get in on the action. Sandpeople cuddling up to Portland indie folk? Boom Bap going grunge? A man can dream.


Fist Family - "All Mine"


Fist Family - "Part of the Game"

Check and follow Fist Family's Bandcamp for new tracks from their upcoming new album, Posted.


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Larry Mizell, Jr. 1
sounds hella NW
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on October 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM · Report this
holy crap!
Posted by Kelly O on October 26, 2010 at 2:31 PM · Report this
It's a cool idea. I support it. A few words though.

1) That guy rapping sucks real bad. I'll spare counting the ways.

2) Seattle doesn't suffer from any lack of inter-scene respect.

3) Those songs don't even show much respect for the original material. Seattle cats would've just rapped straight over the instrumentals and told the producer to stop trying to show off 'cause he's gettin' in the way.

But don't let me pee on SF's little moment of amidoinitriteguise.
Posted by Duly Noted on October 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM · Report this
hella tight! 4real....peep these dudes 2
Posted by loopystud on May 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM · Report this

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