As the repository of all things uniquely K, the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard is pleased to explore the new Northwest hip-hop compilation, All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255].All Your Friend’s Friends is produced entirely off of samples pulled from the catalogue of said legendary K. Featuring 30 MCs from the Northwest region, including members of mega-crews Sandpeople and Oldominion, the album also introduces a host of hidden talent from Olympia, WA – K‘s sonic stomping ground. Producer Smoke M2D6 has mercilessly deconstructed the classic garage soul sound of the iconic label, artfully rearranging it all over a thick foundation of classic breaks, 808’s, and heavy bass. The powerful result is evident on the album’s first single and opening track, “Cynic Syndrome,” which features MCs Onry Ozzborn (Dark Time Sunshine, Grayskul), Zikki Carr, and Candidt over a brain-shaking beat with aggressive drums and chopped up vocal samples (you can view the trailer to a documentary about All Your Friend’s Friends HERE).
On this episode of the Pink Elephant’s Gravecast hosts Calvin Johnson (the Hive Dwellers) and Ian Vanek interview producer Smoke M2D6 about how he went about assembling this epic work of the Northwest underground. Included are examples songs from the compilation with the original songs sampled, including work by such K staples as Jeremy Jay and LAKE.