You hear the flames of resistance? Mob Bounce is back. "Welcome to the Struggle", the lead single from their much-anticipated new album, Mob Medicine, announces their righteous return.
It starts with, and comes back to, the fire. With the crackle of a slow burning urgency, an ominous winding synth growl, and a simple repeated rhythm, hip-hop duo Mob Bounce reappears out of the smoke spitting bars of west coast wisdom.
MCs Heebz the Earthchild and The Northwest Kid take "matter into their own hands", calling out racism, homophobia, sexism and oppressive forces over a brooding reimagining of hip-hop mixed with a powerful Indigenous spirit. This is rap with clarity, vision and purpose: "change in the world is on [their] microphone checklist".
Having dropped a subterranean, a capella album promo last week (which you can watch below), the Mob switches it up and critiques the errors of human ways by calling forth the sacredness in art and life. That's Mob Medicine. Real world struggle music.
The new album drops in 2015. Until then, we'll be waiting and watching "for the sun / when the eagles cry out".
STREAM: Mob Bounce - "Welcome to the Struggle"
Watch Mob Bounce's Mob Medicine Promo