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MP3: BBU - "Outlaw Culture"
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 10:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

MP3: BBU - "Outlaw Culture"

Courtesy Audible Treats.

Revolutionary Juke Music: That's what BBU does. The Chicago-based group, made up of MC's Epic, Illekt, Jasson, and Perez, along with DJ Esquire, first turned music on its ear in 2009, when they released "Chi Don't Dance," a fun-filled record that positioned them firmly as the frontrunners for city's ever-steady and always interesting Juke scene. The local hit wound up garnering the group national attention, including a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork, and helped lay the foundation for the true direction of the group, mixing upbeat and synth-heavy production with social and political commentary reminiscent of Public Enemy and dead prez.

It's that sound that shows up, now fully developed, on the group's new mixtape, bell hooks, which will be released February 2012 and offered to fans for free download. Already, songs like "Please, No Pictures," a track that features Das Racist and production by The Hood Internet, have made their rounds, and now Mad Decent and Mishka are joining forces to help present the tape, while DJ Benzi will mix the project.

The latest single from bell hooks is "Outlaw Culture," a song that encompasses the breadth and diversity that BBU cover throughout their music. The song pairs a raucous club beat with the crew's powerful, poignant lyricism. "One of the most challenging moments was making the vocals sonically able to compete with such a huge beat." explains Epic, while Perez notes that the direction, lyrically and topically, was just as important. "We wanted to have a song that covered all the aspects of the working class; and folks of color, sisters, and queer folks that are overlooked within the movement but who are imperative to the movement," he says. "We wanted to make a song for everyone, but one that still sounded dope." Mission accomplished.

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