While I am happy to see so many hip-hop acts in Austin receive props in the press nowadays, it is frustrating to see one or two specific styles dominate the scene. As someone whose age runs essentially directly parallel with hip-hop, I have held on to my so-called ‘backpack’ ways for decades now, and while I have learned to adjust to a mind-state where I can be more open-minded and accepting in regards to new sounds and styles, I can’t allow my love for boom-bap hip-hop to fade. Maybe that’s why I’ve been super hype for AUX CUTTER, the debut self-titled album from the trio of Ben Buck, Nate thee Great and producer Shadowboxin. AUX CUTTER is clearly not hear to play games… the album hits hard and is relentless from front to back, with the lyrical energy easily matching the pounding and intense production. Come year’s end, don’t be surprised if you see this near the top of many lists. Do yourself a favor and get hip early, and if you’re feeling it in any capacity, tell your people to follow suit.
It’s hard to be a fan of Austin hip-hop over the past 5 years or so and not be familiar with Ben Buck, and after a strong last couple of years with his hands in several different ventures, it appears that he is ready to make a sizeable impact on the scene via Aux Cutter, a collective featuring himself, the equally talented Nate Thee Great and hard-hitting Austin-based mainstay Shadowboxin on production. On Blast, their debut single, hits the ground running as the lyrical duo trades brief sets of bars over the driving, momentum-filled beat, and thanks to the highly artistic eye of Jonathan K. Horstmann, the debut video not only looks great, but does a great job of catching the visual version of the energy that infuses the single. Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to get hip to.