“Paper or Plastik” is that one snack we ate before we even left the supermarket.
“I’m eatin’ these beats,
I need a grocery bag?”
Bukkweat Bill knows his audience. The “Paper or Plastik” video is the appetizer. Once you realize you need more (and you will), that’s where the Florida rapper’s primarily self-produced, free download 8886 EP comes in.
He dismisses swag, dismisses socket wrench ratchet samples, but you’ll miss the point if you focus on the politics. Before anything else, Bukkweat represents the 386 northern Florida area code. Fire and foremost, he makes sure the “trunk got that beatdown.”
Released in affiliation with The Urban Relaxation, 8886 EP is a well made window into Bill’s day to day.
Track 1 tells stories of skateboarding and the rapper’s birth, featuring a monologue by Bill’s Moms herself titled “K-2.” After track 2, “Paper or Plastik,” Bill strolls through the underworld with “Lizzy Borden” and “666 Forever,” but ends on a high note with the unique drum corps snares of “Wanna Fukk”–Bill’s next hookup.
The value of this album comes from our inability to mark Bukkweat Bill as more a rapper or a producer. He does both, mixing his own vocals and beats until they’re intertwined like body and mind.
Normally, when you hear some new rap, it’s obvious whether the verse or the beat got the better treatment. Normally, it’s easy to tell whether a rapper is shooting for hood notoriety or internet virality. And normally, rappers ride a trend to make their name known.
“Paranormal” we save for when we have no clue what to expect.