If you’re a fan of murky, stark, and altogether-haunting hip-hop, then I really hope you’re paying attention to Key Nyata and Mackned. These two Seattle artists are crafting chilling boom-bap that sounds like it was recorded in an actual haunted (trap) house, where blunted tales of pain and hate are weaved tightly over booming instrumentals. That’s apparent on their new collaborative project, Thraxxhouse Mixtape: Independence Day Edition, that flirts with a number of styles while remaining true to its dark angle. Even one of the brighter cuts, “GTA,” is essentially all about how the two are trapped in a game filled with flying bullets and crooked cops. It’s on the molasses-slow “Burn The Witch,” though, where you hear how Key and Mack really feel about all this bullshit: “My smile all gold and my heart really black.”
You can stream the tape below and cop it on Bandcamp.