The Scoop: Gainesville, FL. isn’t known at all. Most people who have heard of it say it’s just a small, quiet, conservative town. Yeah, the Death Valley Beach Bums prove that wrong. DVBB is a 12-plus member hip-hop collective that consists of rappers, producers, fashion designers, graphic artists and videographers. “No Flavor” is the perfect representation and lead single for the rebellious, anti-industry and conformity attitude that they’re delivering to the rap game. The eerie hypnotizing atmosphere give fans a fix that can only be cooked up by one of the Bums. The beautifully off-and-weird production is done by DVBB producer Q* Jones, who sets the tone for the Xanax anthem. The fun but creepy piano keys bouncing over the track and the neck breaking hi-hats make this a catchy anthem for a teenager escaping into a mental vacation. Rappers Poszi Percé and King $lim deliver drug-induced verses with opposing dynamics; as Percé raps slow and stretchy with his lines, $lim rides the same flow but starts vocally-dancing and switches the pace as the beat progresses. This record makes makes you feel like you’re sinking in a chair letting your joint burn along with all your worries. The song’s called “No Flavor”, but the track sounds so thick and layered that it’s far from tasteless.
You can download and listen to “No Flavor” below!
The Spin: Even if you’re not a fan of “self-medicating”, this low-fi griminess creeps up on you before you realize you’re already high. Death Valley Beach Bums’ drug savvy lyrics and dirty hypnotizing production floats you in a different mind state without realizing it. And anything that moves you is real art. To come from a city where the music culture is close to non-existent, it’s dope to see a rap group making such brash music that hipster-underground heads would love while middle america parents hate. I’m sure they know that Gainesville is an untapped market for music and the Death Valley Beach Bums show no signs of lowering their middle finger while taking the city. “No Flavor” is the first tentative single for their official debut compilation, The Bazix.
The Question: What do you think of “No Flavor”? Is the Death Valley Beach Bums style something you vibe with? Are you looking forward to The Bazix?