Betty Ford Boys – Leaders Of The Brew School
Comprised of recent Australian visitor Suff Daddy, psychedelic beats dude Dexter, and Brenk Sinatra, who was last seen laying down dope beats for Miles Bonny as S3, Betty Ford Boys sees them all putting there heads together and making some sweet, sweet Beats. And no, it wasn’t a poor pun to reference G-Funk, it plays like a love letter to to the much loved form of Hiphop, kind of Old School LA/LBC meets New School LA ala Flying Lotus etc, via a triple teutonic prism. Squelchy basslines, beats that have that certain chunkiness, those quintesential whistling synths, and perfectly spliced spoken word and accapellas thrown into the mix, with just a smidge of modern Beats tropes. It comes across as a wholly modern, yet retro tinged slice of deep, lush beat production.
You’d be hard pressed to name the producers sight unseen, should you be given this album, even if you were familiar with their work, but when compared directly to the trio’s previous efforts, it does make a lot of sonic sense. Suff’s heavy basslines point to the epic ones we find here, there’s a touch of that smooth, almost submerged flavour that is a feature of Brenk’s beats, and the overall trippiness definitely has shades of Dexter’s previous album. This is a proper meeting of the minds, and is a rare beast, in that it is an entirely cohesive listen and seems to show up the best of each artist, never feeling like the progeny of three distinct minds, more of a group, one that has been working together for a long time, with a common goal and tastes, being; West Coast hiphop, blunts and 40s, if the samples are anything to go by-talk about living your art!
Highlights include ‘The Time Has Come (4 Us To Be One),’ ‘Hero Heroin,’ ‘Icky,’ ‘Legalize Every MF Thing’ and ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off,’ but one of the true standout features of the album is that it really is a proper full length album, one that sucks you in from the start and doesn’t let up until the last note. The samples chosen are spot on, with loads of great spoken word slices making copious references to weed and brews-the beer based shampoo one is pure gold-and a ton of recognisable slices of classic hiphop lines, including Biggie, Warren G and The Fugees, which all fit perfectly within the album, supporting the material nicely.
So if you dig modern instrumental hiphop and have fond memories of classic G-Funk, here’s an album that combines the best of both worlds, and showcases the fact that the German Beats scene is ruling it at the moment, spearheaded by these champions of the scene. It’s a strong, cohesive effort, full of great hooks and deft production touches, and makes me hope that this is not simply a one off collaboration, more the first of many.