Hunger Games

by 7262

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As the story goes, the dudes from 7262 were shooting their video for "Anthem" in front of a church in Detroit. They had some candy painted cars lined up, some homeboys milling about. Perfect conditions for a standard rap video. As it were, a trolley drove by and out jumped a bridal party looking to use the church as a backdrop. One thing lead to another and a perfectly respectable, J. Crew catalog looking group of people, ended up in the middle of a Detroit rap video. The internet got it's hands on a picture, turned it into something even more ridiculous (the #westillcoming meme) and ridiculousness was born.

The most important question here—as always—is, "what about the raps"? Well shit, in possibly the first time, since "going viral" became a thing, that the content is better than the story. 7262's Hunger Games is a fully realized record, that at times reminds of Cash Money Records' heyday, Gucci Mane, and E-40. It's easy to throw around comparisons that don't actually live up to the music, but in this case, the comparisons are 100% legit. But you don't have to take my word for it.

You can easily hear some of Gucci Mane's "weird hood nerd" lyricism ("The Judge's hammer hit heavy like Thor's, Grandaddy purrp call it Dumbeldore"); you get a real Big Tymers feel in the MoMA level shit talking ("In the casino looking proper like I'm half Jewish, Mobbin with those tall whites trying to stop pollution..I'm Magneto in the flesh, how I lift a Chally") and interplay in vocals. In those beats and the tongue twisting delivery you get a lil bit of the Bay jumping up (check "All I Know"). It's a weird combination on paper, but in practice, Hunger Games is easily one of the best rap records of the year; weird to think it came out of two kids from Detroit, who just happened to have their video gentrified by white people.

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released August 15, 2014

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A New York City fixture since 2003, Мишка (“Mishka,” or “bear cub” in Russian) clawed their own path through the often homogenous streetwear world, beginning humbly as a small t-shirt upstart and maturing into a full blown cut & sew powerhouse.

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