Birthday Boys – “Birthday Boys”
From Portland and Detroit, respectively, emcees Illmaculate and Marv Won have teamed up to become the Birthday Boys, and they are releasing a 7-track self-titled EP on their shared birthday, February 4th. On the title track here, the duo exchanges confident and clever verses over a hypnotic and soulful boom bap beat. I love their playfulness on the track, their grimy bars pack a lyrical punch, flows are precise and effortless, and the beat is fresh. After listening to this song on repeat for over 20 minutes, I am most definitely looking forward to hearing the rest. Stream the song for free below, and hit up the Bandcamp link to pre-order the EP that was produced entirely by Los Angeles-based Calvin Valentine.