(Carpaccio picture by Franzconde via Creative Commons)
Oso Negro is back. The recovering scientist turned hip hop artist who raps with one hand on the mic and one finger in the food tries his hand at butchering on his new EP. Four tracks, each revolving around a different delicacy of meat, that breaks it down, chops it up and wraps it in a neat little package for everyone to enjoy. The best part is you can enjoy the meat without any of the squeamish side effects that makes vegetarians and vegans cringe. There is absolutely no blood splatters on your plate and no hard to handle smells that make it impossible to ignore the fact that this food was once alive. The EP begins (and ends) with designer stuff. The opener “Carpaccio” uses dreamy background music beneath Oso Negro’s signature raw rhymes and distinct beats to create a “carnival for carnivores.”
The track’s video (includes a look at how to make a mean carpaccio):
After two tracks that don’t really do anything for me, the closer, “Sacred Cows,” sends the EP out with a bang. According to Oso’s Facebook page this track is an election hymn that he penned in honor of the US’s nasty presidential race that is taking place. As Oso puts it, it is an election of lies, like a choice between a “douchebag” or a “turd sandwich” and the legions of voters are the ones who suffer. Stand out lines are the repeated “they build it up just to break it down.”
Butchered is the next step in the progression of Oso Negro (and producer Phil A). Each EP has been a finer cut than the last, and this one is no exception. Enjoy it for a few moments, savor and then start anticipating the next. Get Butchered, free, here.