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Tales From The T, Volume 3

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ILLFIGHTYOUTOO

In their annual year-end critics’ poll, The Seattle Times ranked ILLFIGHTYOUTOO as one of the very best Seattle albums of 2020, saying:

Seven years since the kings of Tacoma unleashed their debut album, Washington’s preeminent rap hooligans reemerged to tag the enflamed dumpster that is 2020 with their marvelously raucous sophomore album — released on Halloween, no less. After scattered releases from members Khris P, Ugly Frank, and Glenn over the years, the irreverent trio’s comeback throat punch hits like a house party where someone gets fairly seriously injured, yet no one seems concerned. ILLFIGHTYOUTOO is the TV smashed on the train tracks, the late-night scream in the middle of nowhere, and the bathroom graffiti masterpiece all rolled into one.

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Presto

There’s a lot to love on Presto the 2017 debut from Tacoma’s :30, a group that includes more than one member of ILLFIGHTYOU. But my favorite things are the drum breaks. It’s like when some experimental music is in 5/4 time or in thirds. The bass drops away when you least… In the meditative, minimal “Not Me No Mo,” a song barely held together, it’s floating above the grooving waves of a giant lake, in a cave, and you’re spelunking. On “Trappin Ain’t Dead” the bass emerges like a heartbeat and for a while, in the middle, you’ll realize that your jaw is on the floor. The drums accent like scaffolding, that scaffolding that’s everywhere these days in Seattle, dusty and another sign of emergence, of a new egg. This hatchling is a bold tower, ready to reach and stretch and cast a shadow. “Fees | Things” has much to say about this new economy.

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ILLFIGHTYOU

Beetbak blog’s Jack Devo described this record as “Heavy, snotty, ignorant, ass-kicking, no-bullshit rhymes and beats… A much-needed opposite to the Town’s predominant vibe right now. I’m sure it will be a favorite on many year-end top ten lists.” When I hear the song “‘92” I picture a bouncing lowrider cruising along evening streets, pre-party prep, tunes blaring and subwoofer shaking the windows. The self-titled ILLFIGHTYOU, a 2013 record from the Tacoma hip-hop supergroup of the same name is floor-shaking fun, profane, young, and convincing: You should definitely have one more drink, do those drugs, ask that girl to dance, or fuck it, just give in to whatever wanton abandon is in front of you. (“BROOKLYN”) There’s something about those drums—primal and pounding, endlessly inventive and intensified by multiple MCs slinging verses, always dialing up the energy. When I write these reviews I scribble notes on my phone and later I sometimes struggle to deduce what I meant. For this record, I wrote: “Momentum, see BATCAVE,” and I’ll leave it to you to figure out what that means.

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