NEW ALBUM | CRABSTYLE - BUCKET SOUP
The rising hip-hop group release their debut album drawing inspiration from 90’s boom-bap.
Arguably one of the more innovative hip-hop groups in Saskatchewan that boasts the boom-bap style that is currently seeing a resurgence in the prairies, Crabstyle aims to deliver a unique experience to Saskatoon’s hip-hop scene. Crabstyle is a six piece group. That’s right. Six. Out of these six crew members we get three MCs (LOGS, Ibonic, and Marry Maximum), each with their own unique sounds and styles, two beat-makers (Anthony Law & Eli Temple) heavily invested in analog-type production in a digital age, and one DJ (Peter Lo) that works the turntable to add the classic scratch sound that is highlighted heavily in this subgenre of hip-hop as well as handle the studio work of the project. Altogether the group boasts a large amount of talent that is expressed wonderfully in both their (LAPTOP FREE) live performances and their studio work. Crabstyle scratches that itch for those looking for their own version of Winnipeg’s 3PEAT right here in Saskatoon. In a city that has yet to completely embrace a larger hip-hop scene, Crabstyle aims to help push through the underground and get what they believe is theirs.
Bucket Soup will instantly take you back to that raw sound of the 90s that so many are familiar with and nostalgic about. Fitting in alongside many classic albums from that era that feature simplistic production aiming to deliver an edge without getting confusing or over the top. The opening tracks consist mostly of songs that highlight the notable talent of the MC’s lyrical ability with multiple hard-hitting lines to please the connoisseurs of the genre. Among these tracks is the Saskatoon-pro anthem “Rock Under Bridges” that gives a nod to the city’s catchphrase “city of bridges” and is coupled with a music video (seen below) that displays familiar Saskatoon locations especially surrounding the River Landing area.
As you press on through the album there is an increase of some experimentation of sound in their production. For example, the tracks “Ninja Steez” and “Heist Shit” incorporate more sounds into their beats that emphasize the familiarity of classic boom-bap production that the group shares but also brings in some contemporary elements. “Ninja Steez” even includes two well placed beat switches that increase the replay value of that track as the vibe totally shifts and brings a new energy to the song each time you listen to it. As we near the tail end of the 53 minute album it is clear that Crabstyle is deserving of the growing hype surrounding the group. It goes without saying that their attempts at curbing the trends of mainstream hip-hop has paid off for these six artists in this province. In their closing track “Year of the Crab” the group aims to explain that their presence is this scene is due to their ambition and drive to present themselves honestly. Overall the project is masterfully produced and the rappers all leave a mark on each of the tracks that they perform in.