Steal This Track: BLKHRTS, the Quiet American, Van LouvinBy Eryc Eyl | May 12th, 2011 | No Comments »
The dirty street kids of BLKHRTS have gotten a lot of love from Steal This Track, and for good reason. The hip-hop power trio of the Pirate Signal‘s Yonnas Abraham (a.k.a. Yo), King FOE. and Karma have consistently brought hard-hitting beats, dark lyrics and ferocious flow with every release. Over the next 12 months, however, the threesome is poised to seriously ruffle some feathers with their music, and we have the opening salvo of their attack for free download right here.
“SX,DRGS,VLNC,MNY,DTH” is a relentless and brutal track that doesn’t examine the dark sides of life as much as it simply accepts them. According to Abraham, it’s just a prelude to what’s to come from BLKHRTS over the next year, which he is calling the year of living dangerously.
“It comes across as hedonistic and nihilistic,” he admits. “But it’s a sobering realization that these five pillars are inescapable.”
Where the Pirate Signal is the 28-year-old artist’s opportunity to intellectualize and experiment, BLKHRTS allows him to, in his own words, “plunge into the base desires — crass, wicked and evil things.” That’s why each member of the group will be releasing a sin-themed, six-song EP before the band’s next full-length, titled “The Black Experience,” is released next May. Starting on July 26, right after the UMS, Abraham will release a track a week from what he’s calling his sex tape, which will be released with an art gallery performance (created in collaboration with local blogger The General, shown in the photo above) on September 26.
“On the walls will be 14 photos of me having sex with this girl,” he explains. “In the middle of the room, there’ll be a girl in a glass box, and she’ll take off one item of clothing for each song I perform.”
And it won’t end with sex. FOE will release his drug tape, and his party will find him in that same glass box, doing various drugs as he performs the songs, and then Karma will release the violence tape. The release show for that EP will find him simulating some pretty awful acts against a woman. If this sounds like willful rabble-rousing, that’s because it is.
“I want to take the crudest and most unsophisticated emotions and make them high art,” says Abraham. “I want to create art that causes biological reactions, not intellectual ones.”
Time will tell if Abraham and his BLKHRTS cronies will be successful in their artistic ambitions, but if nothing else, the music they’re making in the process will rock your world. Steal “SX,DRGS,VLNC,MNY,DTH” right here.
By the way, very soon, Abraham will be releasing the latest video from the Pirate Signal’s album, “No Weak Heart Shall Prosper.” Coordinating with that release, he’ll be giving away the entire album as a free download. You heard it here first. Keep an eye on Reverb for further details.
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