Numerous solo artists from Kendrick Lamar and Casey Veggies, to Dom Kennedy and Blu to name just a few, have been blowing up with great dynamism in the resurgence that is taking place in West Coast hip-hop. All making great strides to deserved recognition and putting Cali firmly back on the map of rap. And they are just the tip of a huge iceberg melting into great musical waves in the Cali sunshine. But amongst these solo star performers, burning slowly and brightly like the ends of a million blunts, are perhaps the most prized assets of all, gradually but surely ploughing their own collective path to greatness. All driven by musical innovation and depth, inspired lyricism, twisted philosophies for life and a vocabulary all of their own. Not as you might assume the equally impressive gang of talents that is the mighty Odd Future (as exciting and dynamic as they are), but rather their DESTED out bastard cousins, blowing out speakers and minds from Pasadena to Inglewood and back.
Overdoz are swiftly revealing themselves to be the crew to observe with amazement out here in the West, bringing their blunted philosophy and crazy mic skills to bear on one of the great records of 2011, the ‘Live For, Die For’ LP. The comedic slant of their output and thoughts bring to mind LA’s own revered wit and hit makers The Pharcyde (high praise indeed), but to draw a direct comparison is to only tell part of the story. Because Overdoz have a sound all of their own, production dripping in warped dreamscapes, deep bass and hazy dub overtones, skitteringly effective interplay between MCs Joon, Sleezy and Kent, plus an ability to drop bombs of club floor heaviness if required too. It’s R’n’B for the after-party, it’s dub-heavy post club music, it’s music to listen to solo, it’s music to party to, it’s straight up hip-hop, it’s sexy, seedy and seductive. It’s All Love. And all within an aesthetic of innovation and creativity, from the visual treatments afforded them by official ‘5th’ member Calmatic, to the comedic interludes of Cream, through to their entire DESTED philosophy of life. Special nod must also go to production provided by THC(Rick Bricks & Axel Folie), Brook D’Leau (J*DaVeY), Polyester of L.A.U.S.D., Iman Omari and Roosevelt, who have created a sumptuous aural canvas for the crew to paint their deranged visions onto.
We’re genuinely excited about where these guys can take their music and feel that the next few months are going to see them take off into uncharted waters of brilliance. We’ve recognized them of course through the inclusion on the mighty ‘Pasadena’ on the ‘California Love’ playlist, and they sit fittingly on the Cali Love crossword tee alongside the afore-mentioned fellow LA-crew of creative excellence Odd Future. Watch this space, from outer-space. Get lifted. But most of all, get DESTED.