Week in Pop: Bret Koontz, Rock Abruham, Shmu, Sour Notes

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Talking bars & brews with Rock Abruham; photographed by Enoch the 7th Prophet.

Rock Abruham

Meditative brews by Rock Abruham; photographed by Enoch the 7th Prophet.

Direct from the DMV, we give you a first listen to Rock Abruham’s freshly brewed release Thank You Very Much that features appearances from icons like Blu, Crooked I, Kook Keith, Dev Duff, Jason Rose & more. Reflective meditations on the ups & downs of life, observations on the ins & outs of the rap game & so forth are spilled in verse over a few pints (or more) shared with close friends. A conceptual album recorded around a motif of beer centered affinities provides a platform for reflections on tales of loves lost, lives lived (former, current & future) with a mode of creative & confessional discourse designed for pub sessions with a hand picked crew of best buds.

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Washington D.C.’s own wild one un-bottles the anxieties of our shared planet with transcendent thoughts that revolves around hops, homies & home brews. The odyssey, zymology, zymurgy & zest for life starts off with the Ace Ono collaboration “Cicerone” that gets the audience lifted with a grand entrance into the hedonistic desires of “Dank”, right before chanting down the InBev mediocrity with an ode to the choice nectar of beer snob deities on “Craft God’s”. Thoughts about the infidelity of significant others mashes together throwback stems from vintage productions, voice mail tell-offs & piano lead lamentations that are followed by the verde hued multi-faceted metaphors of cathartic pursuits on “Green”. Rock’s collabo with Dev Duff delivers an interlude invitation to enjoy a cold one on “Have a Brew”, right before joining forces the Ultramagnetic legend Kook Keith on the cut “Yes” that takes the listener on a pub crawl state-to-state visiting favorite haunts & breweries all the down the line. Local hero DJ Menace is paid tribute on the sobering “Menace”, before bringing it big with a bottle share that brings Blu, Crooked I & Jason Rose to the table on the back-packing verse boquet “Rugged Muic” as Abruham brings the brew-fest to a close on “Adlez” with Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past Super Nintendo samples mixed with surface noise and shout-outs to Shinobi & Sonic the Hedgehog with a chilled-out game over track that leaves you with the echoing line of I’m done playing games with you…

Rock Abruham shared the following reflections on the conceptual framework & more behind the creation of Thank You Very Much:

The album was originally going to be titled Fuck you very much but since we portray a lot of sarcasm and offensive humor, we didn’t wanna be too direct with our audience.

Therefore Thank you Very much became the title. Thank You Very much for all the bullshit, betrayal and misfortunes that universe spewed our way to not dwell upon but rather to make fun of while enjoying some of the best beers in the country.

Rock Abruham on bars, brews & life; photographed by Enoch the 7th Prophet.

The idea was too produce a dark comedy that takes place on a Saturday commencing with a little frustration but ending with a lot of laughter.

All beats were brewed with the MPC 2500 and some beats were brewed with the SP1200. And most importantly, thank you very much for everyone’s support.

Rock Abruham’s new album Thank You Very Much is available now with a beer bundle giveaway raffle for purchasers, more informations available here.

cover art for Rock Abruham’s Thank You Very Much album.

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