Mobbin No Sobbin as a motto, a philosophy, sounds like something you'd see scrawled in basic graffiti on an underpass. Possibly next to a tag that reads "Fuck you". It's a mantra you think about for awhile, but never able to discern the meaning, you could forget it quickly. This would be a mistake.
Mobbin No Sobbin, the album, is Beautiful Lou and Western Tink emerging from an oppressively dark place, destroying struggle. Beautiful Lou's production creates a smog of an atmosphere. Dark and depressive; beats that mine the gloom of John Carpenter soundtracks, screw tapes, and old horror movies. Shit is gloomy, but you could still ride to it, if you wanted to make your car an ice cream truck for doom and bass. The party song on the album "This Is How I'm Livin" sounds like music The Terminator bumps, as he busts a Dougie post termination.
Tink's lyrics work in opposition to the darkness of the beats. Dude has a flow that reminds of Houston legends and west coast masters. While Lou creates beats that alternately sound like trap funeral dirges and slap for goblins, Tink refuses to succumb to depressiveness. Dude is serious about triumph in the most real way. Chillin on a weekend without shit going wrong, finding a a bad broad he can actually trust, accomplishing shit. Not committing suicide. Real shit.
Mobbin No Sobbin works because of the schism, because you can hear Lou and Tink giving the middle finger to the idea of succumbing to circumstance. There's no wallowing in depression here. The album is dark as fuck, but there's a light at the center of it. Together dudes are shitting on anything in life standing in their way. This is where Mobbin No Sobbin makes sense as a philosophy, the power of your crew to get you through the shitty times. Tink and Lou, luminary lean philosophers.
released 28 March 2013
All production by Beautiful Lou
Mixed by Ryan Hemsworth
Mastered by Ben Versluis
Executive produced by Zachg, Western Tink & Beautiful Lou
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