Imagine if you will, if the Beastie Boys were born in a cold, heavily wooded area and then were raised by the Gravedigga’z. What would that album sound like? Well friends, let me introduce PlagueDoctor and their freshest vaccine “Hooded Headed Medics.”
This Rhythmic, folky, poetic crew is made up of Lighthouse, WilneverTell, APD and 8 Track Mind. The good doctor is Bellingham, Washington’s answer to the plague of boring, predictable Hip-Hop. Right when the air is getting cold, trees are dying and a season known for wickedness is upon us, our anti hero-hero’s roll in like the fog with their new project.
“Hooded Headed Medics” is filled with sounds atypical to modern Hip-Hop music, like the sound of glass breaking, bells, weird toy piano’s, real piano’s and all kinds of intriguing things. While all these things are meticulously placed, it is all threaded together by deep drums, cryptic scratching and a heavy dose of samples from early psychedelic theater.
The emcees are distinct but resonate on the same wavelength, sometimes passing verses back and forth, sometimes rapping symbiotically, passing along medical secrets as they take us on a walk through the woods at night. One might think they were being led to their doom but, sometimes the best cures are the most unconventional. This is the medicine, let it work. You will come out the other side feeling much better. Here’s the album, listen to it twice, don’t call me in the morning. I already know.
FROM: LOCASH MAGAZINE