May 24, 2013

mays-patience-450x448Will Hagle. Real Name. No gimmicks.

By namesake alone, The Underachievers haven’t quite poised themselves for greatness. I will refrain from stating the obvious, but Indigoism is proof of the paradoxical nature of their name. A spot on the Brainfeeder roster is further evidence.

“May’s Patience” is the latest track to be released by Issa Dash and AK. The duo recently toured around the country with fellow New Yorkers Pro Era and Flatbush Zombies, and this song finds them detailing their new globetrotting lifestyle with lines like “Everytime I spit it, got a record, bro / thirty something cities signing titties we the next to blow.” The rappers acknowledge the hype surrounding them, detailing their self-awareness about the fact that blogs and fans very much expect them to achieve.

Back in 2003, 50 Cent was heralded as the savior of hip-hop in the city in which the genre was born. While he was patiently waiting for a track to explode on, a horde of pre-teen New Yorkers were listening closely. Now those kids are grown up and the boroughs are back on the map, but many of them have a sound that can’t exclusively be linked to the Big Apple.

On “May’s Patience,” Dash and AK even lyrically distance themselves from the city that raised them. They describe their hatred of New York potholes as well as their love affair with L.A., specifically its tacos and lax prescriptions of organic medical substances. While lines like that would’ve been heresy twenty years ago, The Underachievers were only toddlers when regionalism mattered.

It’s both easy and smart for East Coast kids to rep the West when you’re on a label with Thundercat, The Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus. Indigoism featured production from lesser-known artists and the beat on “May’s Patience” comes courtesy of The 20th Letter, but it’s safe to assume that Brainfeeder will be featured heavily when The Underachievers’ Chapter 23 project drops later this year. If FlyLo can make Mac Miller even somewhat listenable, The Underachievers should be the next to blow, indeed.

(via Nah Right)

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