You’ve already heard me give Kydd Jones, Tank Washington, Bryson Brown and the homie Butcher Bear props for Kydd‘s recent single Elon Musk, so it’s definitely good to see a video dropped that matches the quality of the track. Under a beautiful Austin sky under what appears to be one of the handful of properties that Musk has acquired in the city (don’t quote me on that though), Jones and crew perform the track while equally dope artist Cory Kendrix does his thing on the video production side as the director, cinematographer and editor. Much love all around to everyone involved, and props for running up the numbers so quick… if you want to help get the video’s stats pumped up even higher, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to do the same.
Like many of the artists that I cover on this blog, Kydd Jones is seemingly always working on something new, so you usually don’t have to wait very long for something new to hit the streets. I recently found myself in a bit of a delay on the blog, and in the time that the unplanned hiatus took place, Kydd dropped 3 different singles. TV On is a mellow banger from TyOnDaTrack where his style emulates that feeling of catching random bits and pieces of information from a stimulus running in the background on a subliminal level. Elon Musk, another strange but mellow banger courtesy of Butcher Bear (the homie), finds Kydd, Tank Washington and Bryson Brown talking about personal evolution. Native Tongue, the most recent of the batch, finds guest vocalist Y2 joining Kydd on a track by Haris Qureshi as they get vibey and abstract on what feels like an ode to an avatar meant to represent powerful feminine energy. I’m hoping that this batch of singles means a project is on the way, because as always, the work is very strong and definitely worth checking out, so do so immediately!
The Austin-based LNS camp is taking the creative lead in terms of topical, moving music related to the racial, systematic and economic unrest we are dealing with these days. This time, Tank Washington steps up to the plate with I Can’t Breathe, a self-explanatory ode to what has become an unfortunate statement uttered in multiple instances of police brutality and untimely death. With Kydd Jones assisting on a moving hook, every bit of this unbelievably touching song resonates from start to stop, so definitely take a few minutes for this one, spread it around for others to hear, and if you can spare a buck, go ahead and support.
Over the past 6-8 months, I’ve been keeping track of the singles coming from Kydd Jones, Cory Kendrix and Tank Washington of the LNS Crew camp, all the while wondering what was in store for the next round of releases. About a week ago, the crew dropped LNS Mixtape Volume 3, and it all came together for me. The previously released singles have been paired with a collection of infectious flows and beats, like someone gave the LNS Crew new inspiration. With so many different people on the project, it could easily come off as scattered, but the collective manages to keep a strong and solid balance between styles and voices that all come together in harmony. The best thing about these songs is how, despite them sounding like an album project, they could easily be found on the mixtapes of other DJs (and more than likely will). The way that the members of the crew are taking cues from a wide range of modern day MCs and flipping them on their head to make them aspects of their own styles is truly impressive. Don’t sleep on this one.
It’s no secret that LNS Crew is a forced to be reckoned with. From day one, every member was bringing skill to the table, but over the last four years or so, every member’s maturation and journey through life has resulted in significant personal and musical growth. As the member that has kept his roots firm in Austin, Tank Washington seems to personally attempting to put the city on his back and further the steps towards putting Austin on the map as a hotbed of consistent creativity. 183 has the production and performance chops to stand up to anything making noise in the pop realm right now, with Tank proving he can rock most any style beat with confidence and captivating storytelling. The only thing keeping Care Free from being my summer jam is the fact that this album is coming out on Thanksgiving eve. You can find this one on all of the streaming services and download sites, so if you aren’t listening to and supporting this one, that’s on you.
LNS Crew has never been a collective afraid to grow, whether it be style-wise or personally. This time around, we find Tank Washington getting deeply person on his music video for R.I.P. POP, a lament to his deceased father. The song and video honestly speak for themselves. Take a moment and take it all in.
LNS crew member Tank Washington is setting himself up for a solid 2016. His long-awaited debut album Pain is set to be released soon, and he’s setting off the charge with the release of his first single and video, Never. This song and video remind me of that transition period in the 90s where hip-hop wasn’t afraid to get deeply personal, but the tone and approach were shifting into something new. I look forward to hearing and seeing what Tank and the rest of the LNS cats have in store for us this year.
“The LNS Crew, made up of Oregon-born, Denver-based artist Cory Kendrix as well as born and raised Austinite brothers Kydd Jones and Tank Washington, continue to ascend from the realm of underground hip-hop into Texas notoriety with their new 2015 mixtape. The 21 song collection shows their unmatched musical versatility and includes features from Sean Price, Dee-1, Killa Kyleon, Max Frost, ST 2 Lettaz, Slim Gravy, Worldwide, Roosh Williams, Kyle Lee, Deezie Brown & S.Dot of The LOEGz.”
Tank Washington of LNS Crew keeps the heat coming… this time, it’s in the form of a music video for the remix of Faded. This video is powerful in its simplicity… no big posturing, no outlandish scenarios or idealism, just straightforward talk and face to face realness.