Fuck it, I’m gonna be famous or faceless,” raps Caveman on the track “Cryptic” off of BZRK’sLocal Anesthetic. Bold statements and bravado are nothing new to rap, but something rings truer in this line when applied to the situation at hand – specifically, Caveman’s condition: he has Osteogensis imperfecta, the same disease that would cause Samuel L. Jackson to shatter and fall apart in the film Unbreakable. And if that doesn’t hit home for you, “my innocence and faith was taken the same day as my first X-Ray/ and I admit it, gatorade was tasteless…” will.
He isn’t alone with his do-or-die attitude but world domination is far from the only thing on the band’s mind. Sure, they have their share of horror stories to tell and they want to try and make common sense more common, but they also want to get a couple of laughs out this life that people take too seriously.
How did they come to be? Long story short, they went to school together, but that’s selling it short. It was only after an unsteady course of dropping out of schools, drinking, smoking, doing other recreational drugs, playing in hardcore bands, and broken bones that the group actually came together. But how did rapping come into play?
It began as a joke. One day, Caveman, Third Eye G, and BASEDGHOST decided to make a rap track that was “so shitty and generic,” it had no choice but to become a number one hit. The chorus went something like this: CAN YOU FEEL YOUR FACE, BITCH?/ I DIDN’T THINK SO/ GOTTA LOTTA POWDER/AND A BANK ROLL.” They recorded the track and after a few laughs, something happened. The band stopped joking, but they kept rhyming only to realize something monumental: they had actual talent. Each of them. The light bulb didn’t just click on – it exploded from the inevitable power surge.
Over a very short time, the band’s line up expanded and now includes: Caveman, Third Eye G. FuBar (aka MC U.P. aka Ethos Cyrus, aka Nutz on Your Fu…..well, you get the idea), MacDonald, Caustic, and the deceased, but highly influential BASEDGHOST.
Don’t let their young age fool you. Yes, most of them aren’t old enough to drink (legally that is), but listen to their verses and you’ll realize that they’re more perceptive than the kids who actually stayed in school. And maybe that’s because that is what they’re against – not just the flawed education system, but the flawed institutions in general. And why’s that? “We’re simply not into that shit,” says Third Eye G. “All it does is encourage mediocrity. No one wants to be great. They just want to get by. We have nothing against beliefs, unless that belief is that mediocrity needs to be the standard. We’re not all cynical; we’re pro-humanity, but humanity has to do more than sustain a normal existence.”
What conviction they lack for religions, institutions, and standards in general they put towards their music. Sure, they drink and smoke ample amounts of cigarettes and weed, but their work ethic is nothing short of militant.
“50-70% of our shit is made on the spot. It’s not hard. In 5 hours, we can write two songs and have them mastered. We put in work under any circumstance,” Third Eye G says as he relates a story of how in the middle of a song, a falling microphone and busted laptop didn’t stop the group from scavenging new equipment and completing said song in the same night. “Any condition is rapping time,” he appropriately concludes.
But what do they sound like? You would think that listing their influences would suffice, but even that list is too expansive to even be written down. The ones close to the heart are Starlito, Wu-Tang, Triple Six Mafia, Earl Sweatshirt, Andre 3000, but notably, they all mention BASEDGHOST; this is not just because he was their friend and a founding member, but rather, because when his schizophrenia and drug abuse were at an all time high towards the end of his life, he wasn’t even speaking – all of his conversations consisted of mind-bending verses that echoed his splintered brilliance.
There is still a lot of his spirit in their music. Their verses are sharp as knives and they spit them faster than machine guns spit bullets. Armed to the teeth with a stockpile of these and a trigger happy attitude to unleash it on anyone in their way, BZRK gives you two options – get behind them or step aside. Either way, they’re not asking.
“A boisterous bunch of friends…bring the anarchic attitudes and verses…with a production level that is firmly rooted in the subterranean layers and lairs of underground Southern hip-hop production styles.” – Impose
6/20 – Nashville, TN – Star Party – Facebook Event
7/16 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In – TIX *
* w/ members of Odd Future