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333HZ - CAM GNARLY

Gnarly was already the master of catchy upbeat IE anthems but he’s just dropped his second record full of really chill and effectively expressed content, 333HZ, and it’s clear that his command of musical style is expanding and strengthening.

He has an easy melodic rap delivery, it’s so breezily tuneful it reminds me of Open Mike Eagle, but Gnarly has a distinctly young So Cal feel with his insistently clever and bouncing verbal kineticism.

The album starts off chill in a way that for me extended his last record Gnarvana but we’re in more familiar vintage Gnarly territory in my view when we hit songs like the single “Fake Internet” with Aye Brook. “Maryjane” with Airplane James seems to sample “Lady of My Life” from Michael Jackson and interpolate Nate Dogg’s “Where I Wanna Be” chorus as part of the recipe for this hype but soulful romp- the cut and paste elements of that recontextualizing reminds me of the cover art to the album itself. “Ain’t Got” is probably one of my favorite Trizz songs.

Gnarly delivers seemingly effortlessly, gracefully throughout with his particular brand of self-declaration, growth and I.E.-repping. Few balance nursery rhyme style, re-purposed funk and hip-hop classic hooks along with post-modern self-realization centered wisdom like Gnarly, and his brew is always welcome in my glass.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

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