Ascendant hip-hop blog Drank and Dank has a rather striking aesthetic: lurid, fluorescent green and purple text splotched on a sloppily-tiled background that reads, what else, “DRANK AND DANK,” in all caps.
But even if their design is closer to a spliff-rolling 14-year-old’s Geocities page than the subtle black-and-white of Ruby Hornet, dudes know how to bring the goods: their new compilation, Dripped Up, features heavy hitters like coldest-motherfucker-in-Indiana Freddie Gibbs, Houston mainstay Slim Thug, and everybody’s favorite swinging-dick thug Waka Flocka, as well as up-and-comers like Chicago fixture Tree and D.C. spitter Fat Trel.
I’ve not made it all the way through the substantial, two-disc collection yet, but a cursory iTunes shuffle unearthed a few immediate gems - Ammunition Gang are just awesome - and left a pretty excellent impression: this is a compilation with a strong, unified aesthetic, one that evinces great taste and an admirable ability to corral promising artists as well as relative veterans.
Looks like D&D’s earned a spot on my Chrome toolbar. Check out Dripped Up over at their site.
(Photo via Drank and Dank)