BZRK Keep it Real with “Local Anesthetic”

I’m not expert on hip hop, but occasionally, I’ll come across something I dig enough to mention on this thing. BZRK is one of those situations. I had heard about them before, or rather, I’d seen their tag on the various bathroom stalls of the bars I frequent. So, with the recent hype that seems to be building around them, I decided to give it a shot with their LP “Local Anesthetic.”

I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but those who say that usually have a pretty shitty cover. With that in mind, props for the cover; it looks like something classic. But does it sound like a classic?

What do they sound like? My friends who are more hip hop oriented than me have compared them to early 3-6 Mafia, Joey Bada$$, Chance the Rapper and a few others. Like I said, I’m not a huge hip hop guy, but the small amount of it I dig is usually because of the wordplay. Don’t talk to me about beats, cause that’s not my bag and I couldn’t tell you much of a difference (unless it really sucks). However, I dig it when the lyrics offer equal amounts of insight with some humor to diffuse the tension that the truth can bring out. It hit me that this was that kind of album when the track “Cryptic” started. Kicking off with a gospel sample (apparently, all the samples used on this album are from local Nashville bands), the group tears down all that goes under the guise of being fair (schools, churches, court systems, etc) and states that instead of buying into the number scheme, they’d rather die “famous or faceless.” Throughout the course of the album, I realize that that’s what BZRK is really good at: making profound observations on why everything is fucked. At times, they tie in their own struggles. Tracks like “Xenia” highlight this, claiming it’s “the soundtrack to a funeral” or rather, a funeral that hasn’t happened, detailing alcoholism, abnormal bone diseases and a feeling that if it weren’t for the music, all would be lost. In the end, I think a lot of people might misinterpret BZRK as just being cynical. That’s not entirely true. Sure, they see that everything is pretty fucked and they even point out that its mostly our fault for being easily persuaded into it, but they offer some advice: do what you want. It’s all fucked so you might as well do what you want and see where it takes you. For BZRK, it’s spitting raps and I’ve got a feeling it’ll take them pretty far.

Local Anesthetic is out now. Stream it or download it for free below.

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2 Responses to “BZRK Keep it Real with “Local Anesthetic””
  1. FB says:

    By “early 3-6 Mafia” I assume you mean Triple Six Mafia.

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