If you’ve paid attention to my Nark or JayeL Audio mixtapes over the past 6 months, you’ve seen they don’t really overlap. Narks are strictly rap, hip-hop, pop/rap fare, while JayeL Audio encompasses everything from indie rock and electronic, to covers and alt country. I have acquired an eclectic taste over the years.
You also might have noticed one artist pop up on both, Kyle Lucas. Lucas is a rapper from Marietta, GA who’s been bubbling on the underground rap scene thanks to Kyle Lucas Is Still My Favorite mixtape. Throughout 2008, he’s dropped slick rhymes over eclectic samples ranging from ’80s hits (“Silence”, “Somebody’s Watching Me”) to pop-punk fare (“Control”, “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too). “Sometimes I Take Chances, Sometimes I Take Pills” showcases Lucas’ witty wordplay over one of my favorite Iron & Wine songs.
Where Kyle really shines though is as the lead emcee for Vonnegutt. The four piece band, including bassist Patrick Postlewait, drummer Mike Hardin and singer Neil Garrard, delicately balances hip-hop sensibility with alt/punk themes and backing. Song topics range from everyday angst to troublesome ex-loves, resulting in a accessible, alt sound ready for a variety of listeners. OutKast’s Big Boi saw enough in the group and Kyle Lucas to sign them to a record deal on Purple Ribbon Entertainment.
Pick up The Vice Nine EP here. I hope to scoop it up Friday at the show!