NO PLACE LIKE THE WOODS - HEPHTY
I came from a corner of Inland Empire hip-hop heavily put on by promoters like MC Lyfe who helped found the Sunny Days & Vibes and put on boom-bappy scrappy shows for diverse young artists like my friends and I. Hephty is among many really dope and pure artists I met in that milieu.
His latest album is a wonderful evolution of the creative, fun and original hip-hop oeuvre he’s always been accumulating. Features like Greaseball, Besatree, and Skinny Trillions take me back to 2015 and show the breadth of Heph’s taste. The title track with Greaseball is a wonderful juxtaposition of camping and urban imagery and aesthetic – Hephty himself always sounds like he’s in the craziest stream of consciousness possible over his choice selections of beats. Listening to his work is fun, mind-expanding and creativity-affirming – check it out.
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