In just a year, Hurt Everybody’s grown into a powerful force in the Chicago hip hop scene. They may not be at the level as other homegrown artists like Vic and Chance, but they don’t need to be in order to show what they’re capable of. What’s more interesting is their potential continues to be surpassed with every single, released almost on a weekly basis from Hurt Everybody’s primary members Supa Bwe, Carl, and Mulatto Beats. With I Know Where the Light Goes, the group’s second EP not only showcases their musical progression over the past year, it also represents their ethos when it comes to the music game, eschewing outdated and established “strategies” for releases by recording and releasing the EP in a three day period. The end result is an EP that encompasses everything the trio is about in a fully realized project that sets the stage for their upcoming feature-length debut, 2K47.
I Know Where the Light Goes is a concept album in which every song explores the concept of light, whether it comes from a photosynthesis standpoint on the EP’s intro “Chloroplast” (“Chloroplast/Thylakoid/Extract my light”) to the light effects while on drugs in the title track (“Chase the Xan with that ya ya/The red light sinks in/Chase the lean with that ya ya/The red light sinks in”). The contrasting styles between Supa Bwe and Carl that has been growing since the group’s inception comes full circle on the EP where Supa’s verses are hypnotic, voice-altered chants seemingly rife for audiences to yell out while Carl’s verses are delivered in a way where they build into double time internal rhymes that serve as the perfect juxtaposition. The way Supa and Carl build off one another is reminiscent of Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye and Guy Piccioto, respectively. The group’s primary producer, Mulatto Beats, takes a bit of a backseat to allow the group to collaborate with other talented producers in Noah Sims, Green Sllime, Zen Zan, and CHI-VII. However, Mulatto appears on the EP’s outro “Mochi (Who the Fuck Killed Kobe)” that sounds more like Hurt Everybody’s earlier releases.
Whether you’ve been around since the group’s inception or are just discovering them, Hurt Everybody has proven with every successive release that they can do things their way, and do so successfully. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself yelling out “I need a Khaleesi in my lap!” for the next few days – I know I have and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.