Deep and Ben Boogie are New York’s 2 Hungry Brothers, a production duo who have worked with Lodeck, Mr. Sinister, Das EFX, Jeru the Damaja, Rakim, the Roots, Boot Camp Click . . . The list goes on forever. Their newest project teams them up with 8thW1, also from the AOK Collective, who is one of the fastest, wittiest rappers I’ve heard in years. I know I’m prone to hyperbole, but holy crap. Every song is full of one-liners worth repeated. They come so fast, it’s hard to keep up. “Being broke makes me feel sad!” “I make your iPod swell!/I’m killin’ it just willin’ it!” And 8thW1 is capable of long-form raps, too. “Short and Sweet” compares the effects on society of sugar and crack (“They claim we’re selling crack/but you be doing that!/Sugar is the illest drug/You be the supplier”) in the best conscious-nutrition rap since KRS-One dropped “Beef.” Hilarious and intelligent at the same time–not a common thing to find!
The album also features AOK Collective Crew members Fresh Daily, Homeboy Sandman and P.So; Von Pea of Tanya Morgan; Reef da Lost Cauze, and more. It’s ridiculously good.
There’s a sampler free on bandcamp, but I’m not sure how long that will last….