Though native Austinite Ben Buck has continued to mature as his legacy becomes more and more known, there’s always been a particularly juvenile charm to his aura. But looking past the tie-dye T-shirt, untamed hair, and blunts and 40s abound, Buck’s got an insane set of talents, be it with beatboxing, freestyling, or production. His skills and tenacity have impromptu landed Buck onstage with Wu Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and more recently racked up some sincere praise from the man himself on a Freddie Gibbs livestream.
This die-hard creator and MPC master programmer clearly hasn’t let a little pandemic get in the way of his process, given recent news of his upcoming LP Speaker Bump Deluxe, which is sure to make its older brother KILROY proud. Speaker Bump Deluxe’s latest single, “Yes Yes” finds Buck making the most of his familiar cadence and free association rhyme style on a vicious, self-produced posse cut evocative of ’90s-era Busta Rhymes or Redman featuring fellow Austinites Zeale and NateTheeGreat. So like Buck says, “get ’em up and raise your cup” (responsibly).
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