“My Heart Hurts So Good” — AKA and the burgeoning Olympia, Wash. hip-hop scene (FREE MP3s!)

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AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods – “Dotted Line”
(f. Double B / Nathalie Elam)

AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods – “Put On Blocks”
(f. Nathalie Elam / Andrew White  / Nicatine of Free Whiskey)

AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods – “Supersonic Love”
(f. Nathalie Elam)

AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods – “Last Call”
(f. Nicatine of Free Whiskey)

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From the land of the mighty Pacific Northwest comes the rumbling of a burgeoning hip hop community, that is uniting all things hip hop. Graffiti, Djing, B-Boying, Emceeing and a growing battle rap scene.

One of the leading emcees going by the moniker AKA, began putting together his album Heart Hurt Good together in seven years ago. Working with one of the premier producers in the Pacific Northwest Matt “Smoke” Smokovich and featuring some key players on the hip hop scene, Nicatine from Free Whiskey, Double B, Q-Storm, Skyler Blake and Brad B of Drunken Immortals. AKA added what would become The Heart Hurt Goods: Josh White on drums, Joe Pearce on rhythm guitar, Adam Bakotich on lead guitar and DJ Mothrider, and keyboardist Andrew White, and vocalist Nathalie Elam combined to form AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods.

They preceded to play almost everywhere and even tour the Southwest over the next year along the way winning Best Solo Act and Best Hip Hop Act at the Oly Music Awards and the just announced Hip Hop Freshman Of The Year in the Puget Sound. With the album Heart Hurt Good AKA has shown the passion and creative fortitude to follow his own path. From the first track “What We Do As We Do It”, the love of hip hop and Olympia flow through the entire album.

“We’re not in Kansas anymore Auntie Em” AKA flows on “Rocketman”, reminding us that this album is full of surprises and all the great things that indie hip hop can be. The stand out tracks that could bump in any club include “Dotted Line” Featuring Double B, and “Put On Blocks” featuring Nicatine from Free Whiskey and Nathalie Elam, throw a twist to the regular boring bass bumps that permeate through many misguided hip hop fans’ speakers. Tracks that bump the soul and drive anyone to start dancing in their spot, building up to throw aside the listeners’ inhibitions and get up onto the dance floor and shake.

Add in songs like “Supersonic Love” which touches on love lost and remembered and the iconic “Last Call” which ends the album with Nictaine from Free Whiskey and AKA singing the perfect song for those of us who continue to look for something else to occupy us when we’ve heard that familiar line “we don’t care where you go, you just can’t stay here.” With live instruments, flows which resemble poetry more than the false bravado that seems to reign supreme in mainstream hip hop, AKA has crafted a album with the Heart Hurt Goods that hits all the senses and easily fits into both rock fans and hip hop fans musical collection.

This is what a album for the summertime is supposed to be.
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