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2KFG

In the liner notes for this record, music critic Larry Mizell Jr. says “Kung Foo Grip have always been flamethrowers, but lately they’ve been eating straight gunpowder.” That’s the conclusion reached by anyone who’s heard 2KFG: CityArts magazine declared it their Album of The Month in February, describing its sound as “bass-heavy beats, braced with digitized melodies, classic West Coast minimalism and cloud rap.” Respect My Region states it plainly: “The new Kung Foo Grip album is finally out, and it is fire.” The Seattle Times says it is “infectiously cool… a knockout blow.”

Here’s another take:

In their annual year-end critics’ poll, The Seattle Times ranked 2KFG as one of the very best Seattle albums of 2018, saying:

This versatile hip-hop duo have made a name for themselves with explosive live performances, but emcees Greg Cypher and Eff is H show their true range on the Keyboard Kid-produced “2KFG.” One minute they’re kicking melodic hooks that could siphon Sol fans, while getting grimy with Nacho Picasso on the slithering “Risin’” the next. They have the bars to please purists, but Kung Foo Grip are neither boom-bap throwbacks nor cloud-rap play chasers — a group truly cruising in their own lane.

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DUALGODFLOW 04' (Instrumentals)

It’s time to heap some praise toward Keyboard Kid’s elegant and understated DUALGODFLOW 04’ (Instrumentals). I’ve been playing this in my car, and on headphones while walking, pretty much non-stop for a week. These chill-out vibes are great for when you want to decompress… which probably says as much about my week as anything. The music morphs and evolves at an unhurried pace, reminiscent in some ways of modern classical music, a la Philip Glass. I love it when hip-hop artists have the confidence to release the instrumental backing tracks—Porter Ray did something similar with the B-side of his Nightfall vinyl, and I play that side all the time. Ironically, with this album, I haven’t even gotten around to hearing the non-instrumental, vocal versions of these DUALGODFLOW 04’ tracks yet. The instrumental versions on their own are that captivating.

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7 Slaps In The Sack

7 Slaps In The Sack is a video interview series created by Carrick Wenke. Shot between 2014 and 2020, the show has more than 50 episodes, each of which involves going record shopping at Everyday Music on 10th in Seattle with “your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.”

Everyday Music is sadly gone now, but you can view all the episodes from the series on YouTube. A wide range of Town talent has spent the day shopping with Carrick, talking about favorite records, influences, and craft, including Jarv Dee, Keyboard Kid, Nacho Picasso, Romaro Franceswa, Travis Thompson, and many others.

We’ve embedded a few of our favorite episodes below.

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Queen Feel

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