NOT IN STOCK
"Given the current climate of the hip-hop world -- where the most ear-bendingly innovative production often serves as aural sweetener for the by-rote thug lyricism of so much mainstream rap -- the notion of 'indie' hip-hop (at least as a signifier of boundary-pushing music) probably seems quaint at best and woefully outdated at worst. The Baltimore/Washington, DC-based Food For Animals are all-too-aware of this conundrum, but rather than retreating to Golden-Era boom-bapisms -- or simply bathing such warmed-over beat production in fuzz -- the three-man group take what they like, and blow the genre wide open. Moored by Ricky Rabbit's fractured, lush beat production -- which references the gamut of contemporary urban and electronic musics (Southern hip-hop, ghettotech, Baltimore club, dubstep, power electronics, straight-up noise) -- rappers Vulture V and new member Hy weave intricate back-and-forth flows explicating the highs and lows of life in 'the belly.' Belly is Food For Animals' first full-length album, following 2004's Scavengers EP. Drawing upon influences as disparate as Outkast, Pita, Wu-Tang, and The Pop Group, Food For Animals literally sound like no one else. Easily their opus, Belly is about being eaten and coming out different."