Hello readers, I’d like to like to introduce you to a one of a kind duo with a powerful sound and bright future: Bared Grillz. The Seattle based duo, consisting of Ben Blumstein and Preston Ossman, have finally released Bare Essentials to the world. Hailing from the Northwestern United states, this duo is bringing a completely new concept into the hip-hop atmosphere: Nature Rap. It is a style of music that is based upon tribal and environmental beats. It is a musical concept that is as powerful in sound as it is in message. We first heard of Bared Grillz after they released their first single “Reign Gona Fall” and we knew instantly that this duo was producing a style of music that the world would soon fall in love with.
The album begins with “Ayahausca”, an incredibly uplifting track based upon Native Indian style flutes that’ll transport you to the back of an eagle soaring over the great plains. Then you quickly are shifted into an aggressive and fast-paced set of duo of tracks, “Reign Gona Fall” and “Et Too Brutal”, in which this duo violently attacks verses like a predator stocking its prey.
“whiskey in one hand club in the other/ watch all the antelope running for cover/ cackle like a jackal and chuckle like hyena/ et too brutal like we stabbin out caesar.” (Et Too Brutal)
Then Bared Grillz takes us into a two song paradox in which we first hear an inspired and romantic ballad titled “Eros”, meaning love in Greek, then they quickly turn around a give us the track “Thanatos”, the greek representation of death, in which this duo is giving out a death threat to those who oppose them.
“Ides of March” is a rebellious primarily instrumental track in which Bared Grillz is seemingly speaking towards the oppressive society that is attempting to “cage” it’s citizens. There is a huge emphasis in this album on the long disputed argument of Nature versus Nurture. Bared Grillz thinks Nature wins every time.
“why are you leadin our people astray?/ you don’t need a cage to know how to behave/ you don’t need society to show you how to coexist/ we can live in harmony rise up from the mist” (Ides of March)
Then, we get to the last two tracks of Bare Essential that possess a sentimental and emotional message. The penultimate track, “The Oldest Wind”, is a highly reflective track that consists of a metaphor describing the concept of time as this “Old Wind.” They are saying that time is an infinite constant that cannot be changed, but it allows us, in the present, to connect with those in the past and future. The final track of this album, and my favorite on the album, is an 11 minute anthem title “Moonfaced / Moonshine”. This phenomenal track brings the entire album to a close in an upbeat and profound manner that’ll leave you wanting to go and have a picnic in the woods somewhere with your best friends.
i didn’t just make these songs for you/ these songs i swear they made me too/ this world didn’t make me up no/ i made this world and in space i’ll glow” (Moonfaced / Moonshine)
All in all Bare Essentials is the first of many outstanding and unique projects for Bared Grillz. These two Washingtonians have created something special with their “Nature Rap” and it is about time that the world takes notice.