"Scum bags only live once, but you know, though" -Avatar Darko, "Phlex"
Bloc-repping Seattle emcee Avatar Darko, formerly Avatar Young Blaze, has a new EP cleverly named Boris the Blade, and it's free to stream on his Bandcamp page. Produced entirely by Toronto trap producer and hi-hat enthusiast MegaMan (find an eponymous track from Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, and a few Young Jeezy tracks on his resumé), Av's newest reheats a little left-over slime from his tough Nacho Picasso collab, Vampsterdam, on songs like "Phlex," "I Ain't Even Trippin'," and "Move Around Knock It Off" (the latter two are over-easy batches of Bay Area pimpery—a strange fit for Av). The disk's real heat lies in the classic AD pilot-talk ("Chemtrails," "Prada Parachute"), ammo-spitting ("Willy Wonka," "Kalashnikov Pt. 3" [another massively filthy episode in the saga]), and and eye-opening documentary ("Pieces") that bookends the track list.