Washington rap is much more than just Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; Tacoma native UGLYFRANK is quickly developing his own brand of hip-hop that, like his name suggests, is less worried about making catchy pop records for Middle America. The 21-year-old MC and ILLFIGHTYOU member just dropped his debut EP, BOBBY HILL, and it’s a strong introduction to his dark and diverse sound, which draws influence from far beyond the Pacific Northwest.
“ANCIENT” sounds like a lost relic from Memphis’ murky goth rap scene, while “90″ is a crawling G-Funk gem reminiscent of Eazy-E’s “Real Muthafuckin’ G’s.” That isn’t to say that FRANK’s personality is buried in bygone styles, though; he shouts out the Eastside on the lively and lyrical “LEFTOVA” before admitting he struggles with depression on “BOSSA,” which Clams Casino fans will love.
It’s hard to label BOBBY HILL as just gangsta rap or goth rap — it’s somewhere in the middle flirting with the sweet spot. Grab the EP below and keep up with UGLYFRANK and his ILLFIGHTYOU crew over on Sandlot’s Dugout.
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