Bolo Nef (AKA Druggy Bone AKA BB Sun God), along with his equally misanthropic partner Caz Greez, first came to my attention via their collaboration with Blue Sky Black Death as Skull & Bones. Where at first listen I was unimpressed with their lack of showy rappity-rapping, I gradually warmed to their smirkingly ice-cold, dopamine-receptor-blown thugwave, eventually finding myself rapping along. Picture a contemporary Hell On Earth-era Mobb Deep living in Everett, WA—chewing Xanax, smoking cigs, listening exclusively to Gucci Mane and Spaceghostpurrp.
They've continued their wave under the banner of UDF, or Underworld Dust Funk, aided & abetted by producer Khrist Koopa. Between Skull & Bones from last year, their self-titled album (released in April), and Bars & Bullets (released in July), the UDF crew—ah, excuse me, cult—represent some of the finest work within the NW's growing underground of narcoticized nihilist rap—along with Seattle comrades Nacho Picasso and Key Nyata, not to mention Olympia's Gorgeous Children, among select others. Behold the natural push-back to the Seatown happy-rap wave; it's little surprise that Bolo got his start in a group called the Codebreakers, who's album featured a song called "Macklemore's Hella Gay".
However, Croatoan Crimewave—Bolo's upcoming solo release with producer Ryan Evans—promises to be some of the UDF familia's most potent and emotive work, as roughly depicted in this two-song video, released this weekend. Drugs may help the young half-Puerto Rock MC (currently staying in his native Queens, NY) cope with life, but like his partner Caz, he considers himself a "Positive Thug", ascribing to the "Based" mindset, which serves to balance all the scorched-earth drug-rap desolation: