What’s good y’all? Just came across this one in the inbox – yes Benny, I check it too…sometimes – and felt compelled to share. The group is W. Draztik (pronounced Dub-dot-Drastic) and Sleepy Biggs (pronounced…just like it fuckin’ looks!), and they’re part of the United States of Mind crew out in the Motor City. I’ll be honest, I looked at it like “eh,” but thanks to some solid marketing copy, I gave it a listen. I mean, how can you ignore this:
“Draztik's intense vocals and assaulting flow make for a potent and heady combo when paired up with Sleepy's smoked-out production and crushing, live feel. Built off samples from the grimiest crates Detroit has to offer, Smoker's Cough pays its respects to the freshness of the golden age, while blasting your eardrums (t0) the future now. “
DAYUM! Who doesn’t like “intense” and “assaulting flow?” And I have to imagine Detroit has some pret-ty damn grimy crates – hello, JD? – so if Sleepy found the “grimiest,” well sign me the fuck up! You may think I’m being a smart ass, but I’m not. That’s how the fuck you SELL! But I digress…
I checked the video first. “Smokers Intro” is the title track from Smokers Cough, the debut LP from these two USM cats. Can’t lie, :30 seconds of cliche weed smokin’ into it and I’m like: “I just got bait-and-switched like a muhfucka! Man, Cypress Hill been doing this shit for 20 GOT DAMN YEARS!!” Luckily, I stuck it out and found out I was wrong. Peep the video:
After being pleasantly surprised by Dub-Dot’s flow, and feelin’ the fuck outta Sleepy’s beats (PAUSE), I figured I had to listen to more of what these dudes have to offer. As luck would have it, they have a three-track sampler from the LP you can download for free (here). So I listened…twice. Verdict? Nice!
I moved on to the full LP, which you can listen to free here (or just stop being cheap and pay the $5 to download – do as they say, not as they do LOL). Again, nice! I feel like they’re a little raw sometimes, and it seems like Drastic gets a little lost in the beat sometimes, but overall I’m really diggin’ the sound of Smokers Cough.
Go ahead then: go get “assaulted” by some “intense vocals,” and gig to some seriously “grimy” samples. Or, if you’d rather, I’m sure I can find some MC Jihad, or Milli-a-Billi, or some other “iced-out” stupid shit from the inbox to sell you. Just say the word!