B.I.C. – Influence
The Bitches Is Crazy crew doesn’t sound like anything coming out of New York right now. Yes, rap crews seem to be the face of the East Coast – Pro Era, World’s Fair, The Underachievers, Flatbuzh Zombies – but none of them have the energy, skills and all-out raucousness that these Bronx rappers radiate.
Including rappers Yisrael, Pete, Ill Spills and Yesus (the first) with production from VESA, Chuk Le Garcon and MP The God, Influence is hands down better than any other group project from the East Coast this year. Try to keep yourself from repeating the hook on “Yo Soy Widdit” or nodding your head on “Groupie Love”. Put one in the air to “Food For Thought” or “DOPM”. Combat Jack thinks they’re one of the best things coming out NY right now, but the lack of hype and the refreshing talent that shines through on every song from Influence is what makes B.I.C. a fun listening experience time and again. They’re a throwback to Timbs, 40’s and Hilfiger, but they don’t emulate styles as much as they revive the spirit of freestyling in the basement and talking immaculate shit.