Smooth Beast | Sound Stories & Interviews | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings
Pin It
Favorite

Smooth Beast 

Whenever good hip-hop music passes by, it is hard not to compare it to Bend's own Person People. With members including Mike Fish, KP, MOsley WOtta, Mez, Sorski and Adam Bomb, they were one of the most explosive hip-hop collaborations far and wide. Several years after their untimely breakup, Fish is back with a new crew known as Smooth Beast.

Fish is now coming out of Oakland, where he met MC Karen Less and clicked right off the bat. Fish says, "We started frequenting a hip-hop night in San Francisco called Return Of The Cypher (R.O.T.C.) where MCs can get on the mic and do their thing with the Gem Stone Band and DJ Kevvy Kev on the ones and twos. There we met The Monolyth and Gigio over a respect for skills, genuine eye-to-eye conversation and a good life outlook."

Thus, Smooth Beast was born and its self-titled debut album is about to drop like a pretty fat baby. The record is great, with the entire crew having distinct flows, writing styles and voices that give the record an unpredictable and exciting sound. Fish's production and the boom bap beats are simultaneously tightly wound and relaxed, never drawing focus from the four MCs and their words.

Karen Less is an absolute dynamo, completely staking her claim on every single word she spits. As great as MFish, The Monolyth and Gigio are (and they are absolutely superb storytellers), Less is a huge find. Some modern MCs end up with a sound more akin to spoken word poetry over hip-hop beats, whereas Less' poetry is hip-hop in every way.

Tracks such as "Forever Funky," "Already Know" and "No More Heaters" are instant ear worms, with the whole album an easy choice for regular rotation. Smooth Beast's sound instantly differentiates itself.

Smooth Beast

Gigio, Mike Fish, Karen Less and The Monolyth

New album "Smooth Beast" coming out in 2016.

www.soundcloud.com/smooth-beast

About The Author

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Artist Fact Sheet: Keith Harkin

    Artist Fact Sheet: Keith Harkin

    The Irishman brings his well-rounded abilities to Bend
    • Sep 11, 2019
  • Triple Whammy

    Triple Whammy

    Eric Leadbetter helps bring joy to the music scene, food industry and hospital workers with the St. Charles Meal Mission
    • Jun 1, 2020
Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Sunriver Music Festival presents concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer

Sunriver Music Festival presents concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer - Great Hall, Sunriver Resort

Sat., Dec. 5, 4-5:30 & 7-8:30 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social


Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Winter JAM

    • Dec 2, 2020
    A week-long fundraiser for Sisters Folk Festival, capped by a virtual celebration with special artist performances More »
  • Source Material

    • Nov 25, 2020
    Highlights from Oregon artists in November: featuring Chandler P, Masinformation and Adam Selzer More »
  • Pete Kartsounes Steps into New Age

    • Nov 18, 2020
    The Bend artist's second album of the year will help relax mind, body and soul More »
  • More »

More by Jared Rasic

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation