Warm Brew
Kottabos


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (110 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2012 | 32 replies | 3,322 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Warm Brew stay alive, you don't stop"

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

A fact of history: Kottabos was a drinking game played in ancient Greece during the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. Given that, and seeing as they’re unsurprisingly no strangers to alcohol, Los Angeles hip-hop group Warm Brew cheekily titled their latest mixtape in homage of this “beer pong” of classic antiquity.

Last year’s Warm Brew EP featured the Espy-produced “Go To School,” a track of monumental proportions featuring a hard-as-fuck beat to go along with the hard-as-fuck lyrics that cut to the quick as a reproach of the rap industry as a whole. “Go to School” was easily one of the best, and unfortunately most overlooked, rap songs of the year.

The release of Kottabos at the end of the April has proven to be the apex of the second year in a row where Warm Brew have been making big moves (other 2012 highlights include their first major U.S. tour and opening for, perhaps most notably, Black Hippy member Schoolboy Q). The tape continues where Warm Brew’s last two releases left off, albeit minus any production from sorta-kinda member Espy. At first the lack of the mind behind the scathing “Go to School” may seem alarming, but all was not even close to lost. Kottabos is chockfull of the personable beats and soulful hooks that assure the listener that the “brew is [still] warm.”

Opener “4 Life,” serves to re-introduce the group to the public as well as affirm that this is what Straight Outta Compton might have sounded like if it were made by a less violent breed of people and was released post-California medical marijuana regulation. The song’s hook is a medley of MCs Ray Wright, Manu Li, and Serk Spliff declaring “whether we at home or on the road…my niggas is my niggas for life” and “Warm Brew for life.” There’s a certain authenticity to Warm Brew’s throwback sound not found in similar artists, and it helps to broaden their appeal a hundredfold, even if it means they never really step outside of their comfort zone.

“So we crawlin’ down the block bumpin’ bangers past the cops/Cuz I don’t want to see this real ass hip-hop stop” says Ray Wright on “DGPG,” a song that pays tribute to 2pac in classy fashion, banging over rollicking bass as deep as the Marianas trench. “Creep” is a song for all the “right hand bitches” as boldly proclaimed by Serk Spliff. “You know what I mean,” he says, “for when a nigga’s at home and he doesn’t wanna use his right hand, he just calls y’all.” These two songs are the best on the album for a reason: they play to Warm Brew's strengths as heralds of a nostalgic-era rarely pulled off so successfully in modern hip-hop.

At eleven tracks plus one bonus, Kottabos eschews the modern rap trend of stuffing mixtapes practically to CD capacity, making it a completely dauntless listen. The only real misstep on the tape is the DeUno produced “Get It” which is dragged down by an annoying sample that resembles a sound effect from a Sega Genesis game. Aside from that, Warm Brew’s trio of MCs carry themselves with executable synergy that strongly knits Kottabos together. This may well be exactly what Warm Brew needed to break through the barrier of unknown to at least somewhat known. They deserve it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hep Kat
July 23rd 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Download Kottabos for free @ bandcamp- http://warmbrew.bandcamp.com/

or dl @ 2dopeboyz- http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2012/04/26/warm-brew-kottabos-mixtape/

"Creep"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE63rWWTb2w

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LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is great. I wish I had the lyrics though.

Hep Kat
July 23rd 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.dvdlyrics.com/lyrics-w-warm_brew.html

lyrics for the first 3 songs. best i can do besides typing them

all

out

my

self

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It says error, page not found.

Hep Kat
July 23rd 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im far too lazy to figure out why

Tupik
July 23rd 2012



667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

" “Go to School” was easily one of the best, and unfortunately most overlooked, rap songs of the
year."

Couldn't agree more

I only listened to this once and it was a very quick listen (I was doing something else), so this 3
rating is probably (and hopefully) temporary. I'm glad you keep us updated on these dudes because
they're definitely very nice.

Good job on the review too

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't worry about it, Hep. This is definitely a solid 3.5 right now, but I'm really gunning to find something that would convince me to raise it - lyrics always help me decide my scores better.

cvlts
July 23rd 2012



8917 Comments


yo. yo fuck 2dopeboyz

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Hep Kat
July 23rd 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wb > of

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely

Blackbelt54
July 23rd 2012



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Congrats on the feature hep

Will download, I thoroughly enjoyed his self titled

LifeAsAChipmunk
July 23rd 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Because hip-hop is awesome. Normally we're praising metal or alternative band. It's fine if you don't like, other people do like it though.

Hep Kat
July 23rd 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BBelt dude you cool n shit, and you have a great avatar, but this is not a him

Blackbelt54
July 23rd 2012



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yeah it's a group haha sorry

Hep Kat
July 23rd 2012



14022 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no need to be sorry

yet

Ninjask
July 23rd 2012



178 Comments


this rules

DuMont
July 24th 2012



84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

3 Tracks in and this is bangin

Funeralopolis
July 24th 2012



10503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

chill album

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Funeralopolis
July 24th 2012



10503 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Get It is embarrassingly awful

DuMont
July 24th 2012



84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shit yeah, reminds me of that awful 'rack city bitch' tune



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