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2.K.F.G., the debut album, is an autobiographical 12-track concept record that lives up to the promise of those spectacles, thematically covering the group's shared burdens of pain and alienation. (Alongside shout outs to Nirvana, the Millennium Falcon, Megazord, Cam Newton, Kobe Bryant's jump shot and Super Saiyans.) Described by radio station KEXP as "hip-hop's Dark Side of the Moon," it opens quietly, melodic hooks fading in and providing emotional counterweight to the premium-diesel bars that come later. The music incorporates the best elements of old- and new-school flow, from classic cipher rat cadence-work, raw, holding-their-nuts disregard, through to the stripped-down electronic interludes of early '90s new wave. Guest features are summoned from many of the Pacific Northwest finest artists and musicians; Nacho Picasso, Paris Alexa, Kirk Huffman, Misundvrstood, Mr. Nicenice, 2Cup Slim, Jamel Moxey & Carter Gyasi Gilbert-Bass of All Star Opera.
The project's producer, Keyboard Kid, legend of Basedworld, (associate of the "BasedGod" Lil' B) delivers his most nuanced album-length work to date, bringing a hammer to the rumbling 808s and demon-arcade synths, and a painter's touch to the many subtle moments best appreciated in headphones. At last, this musical 'Indigo New Born' was delivered in the infamous Ruby Room studios by the musical doctor himself, Elan Wright. Not only did Elan engineer all twelve tracks with a divine ear, he's also responsible for additional instrumentation that takes this album to a whole new world. CityArts magazine declared 2KFG as their "Album of The Month," and described its sound as "bass-heavy beats, braced with digitized melodies, classic West Coast minimalism and cloud rap." Or as PNW cannabis and culture site Respect My Region states plainly, "The new Kung Foo Grip album is finally out, and it is fire."
The first vinyl pressing of 2KFG released by label Crane City Music (home to Seattle's premium underground hip-hop) and Kung Foo Grip LLC, is limited to 500 numbered copies, pressed on baby blue "balloon" vinyl. Available in record stores via Light in the Attic distribution. Plus, available in the merch store.
The full LP, is also available online through all major music services including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon Music, Google Music and Deezer.