Though I somehow missed out on his Ned's World EP from last June, West Seattle's Mackned has steadily made a name for himself over the last year or so with his ace production on various Moor Gang projects — check Steezie Nasa’s Moor Militia and recent Lucky 7, Thaddeus David’s None The Less, Nacho Picasso’s Trances With Wolves EP, and the entirety of SneakGuapo’s under-the-radar Suicide Capitol for some exemplary blap. But after seeing him and Key Nyata debut this track (on which he repurposes the opening lines of Lil B's #legendary 2009 classic "Like A Martian" into a memorable hook) to a sparse Ballard crowd at The Sunset Tavern during last year's Macefield Music Fest, I had a feeling the guy had more of this very #based heat on deck.
Sure enough, last Friday he dropped this new 10-track project called Alice Gla$$ (Ned says he's a Crystal Castles fan, and the title represents his musical style — "I blend multiple genres, so why not call the shit an emo electronic star's name?"), and it's full of hazy-sample/heavy-bass beats and reflective but thugged-out lyrics packed with regional gloom ("As the rain drop/I can feel the mass depression hit") and '90s-kid nostalgia ("Bitch I'm Blastoise/Got them cannons on my back"). With select features from Nacho Picasso, Key Nyata and SneakGuapo, some deep sample sources, and an ode to PAWG porn star Alexis Texas you can hit the cooking dance to, this is what young Seattle rap sounds like right now.