Overdoz

Twitter: @Overdoz

Pros: Unique sound defined by ethereal, trippy grooves that were made to get the girls going and the blunts rolling.

Cons: Their motley crew antics and conflicting aesthetics can be off-putting.

Essential Listening: Live For, Die For

Taking no cues from what anyone else out West is doing right now, the four-member rap crew Overdoz mixes hip-hop with ‘90s style R&B vocals provided by frontman Kent Jamz with the occasional assist from OD-affiliate, Iman Omari. Sleezy and Good Joon (alias Tube) alongside the aforementioned Kent, provide the lyrical backbone for the crew while odd man out Creamie (who sticks to the script of his character so closely that we’re about 95 percent sure it’s not an act at all) offers up the comic relief you never knew you wanted from a rap group.

Their viral success can be attributed to amazing visuals like the mini-movie for the song “Come First” and word-of-mouth referrals from patrons of their lively stage shows—which in the past have included a life size dumpster as a stage entrance and various off-beat costumes like the Donnie Darko bunny suit rocked by Joon.

Live For, Die For, their most recent and most popular mixtape to date, takes the listener to Blunnitville an imagined state of being ruled by the “dest”—a catchall phrase used in various forms by the group and followers of the OD lifestyle. Heighten your digestibility by starting with Live For, Die For which is best experienced from start to finish, preferably while putting one in the air.

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