Don't you just love Chicago? I do. I had to work there for a handful of months in 2008, and I really enjoyed my stay, but more than anything I enjoyed the music scene in Chicago. The Windy City is famed and notorious for its deep culture. Ground-breaking architecture, legendary crime, and gorgeous art can be found in Chi-Town, but my favorite, and I mean my favorite part of Chicago is the music scene. I'm not a local, but a tourist who may have overstayed his welcome, but from what I gathered, Chicago is known best for the glorious hip-hop legends she has given birth to; and its easily given credit has the come to Hip Hop's new school. Chicago also has an impeccable electro/dance music scene that I came to love night after night. Of course, some of my favorite memories of Chicago were when these two styles mixed within themselves, and to my surprise, it happened often.
BBU (or Bin Laden Blowin' Up or Black, Brown and Ugly) are next in the long line of exquisite Chicago talent that is about to blow up. In their self-released single, "Chi Don't Dance," BBU showcase a raw energy and caliber of originality and skill that hasn't been seen since Chicago's own Cool Kids, Lupe Fiasco, and dare-I-say, Kanye West.
Listen to "Chi Don't Dance" now.
Here is their mini-autobiography
BBU - Born out of brothels and developed underground in the subways and roadways of Chicago, IL. Bin Laden Blowing Up - also known as BBU (Black, Brown and Ugly) - is a loosely organized group of high-flying hooligans who are united under the common goal of world domination. They lack a unified command, yet they are linked by a common ideology and capable of autonomous operation. Illekt, Epic and Jasson Perez, the three bandits behind BBU, are a product of the 80s: survivors of the inequitable public policies of the reactionary Reagan era. Their music hits Western Imperialism with a one-two punch and seeks liberation from the systematic oppression that exasperates poverty, unemployment, the crack epidemic, as well as the massive dysfunctional conditions in urban U.S.A. The Boom, Boom, Bang and the Bump, Bump, Bump are the key signs that Bin Laden Blowin’ Up is getting down. Known for their high-energy, roaring and impassioned live performances, Bin Laden Blowin Up have a reputation for creating chaos and provoking Chicago locals to get real buck.
Listen to more BBU tracks on their Myspace page. I want these mp3s.
UPDATE: Just noticed that Pitchfork (also based out of Chicago) gave "Chi Don't Dance" the highest honor for a new single, the Best New Music tag. It's official, BBU are destined to super blog-stardom. Can't wait.