BLEU DOPE's T-BRUIN teams up with Ron Shaw for VI, a six-track collaborative EP between the rapper and producer. Only GVVAAN NURAS (also of BLEU DOPE), and Ngan features vocals outside of BRUIN and Shaw. A few of these songs were first performed with a live band, as a part of “The Bruinski Experience”, a series of shows Bruin played this past year with a live band. Together, Shaw and BRUIN work to create a digestible project built on a steady confidence that holds together a variety of textures and highly-personalized sounds.
Shaw has worked with Atlanta representatives Key! and Curtis Williams of Two-9. And while he caries traces of the geography, each track capitalizes on sonic nuances to develop a diversity of genre explorations. He uses blistering synths to ignite strings, wincing keys to pluck the sensibilities of a deep bass, waxes boom-bap airiness, wavers stretched keys, captures the subtleties of live music with restful subtleties, and irks a flute to tramp around aggressive swipes. Beneath the surface of each track, Shaw suspends a thoughtfully dense drum swell. With this substantial motivator, BRUIN maintains his poise over each highly-variant terrain.
BRUIN tells the story a man frantically holding onto his sense of calm. Rushing to the finish line, careening vivaciously around a romantic expedition, boasting a hearty character to the tune of an Outkast reference, an ode to a special lady, loudly declaring his presence, or he crams a discombobulated peace into sonic dissonance, BRUIN’s systematic blitz retains the force of the tape. BRUIN stands out as the guiding force for these tracks, constantly pushing his content in order to express distinct attitudes.
-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE