An Encounter with Deep of the 2 Hungry Brothers.
Mickey Boston (Big Brosky Bidallz) first crossed the 2 Hungry Bros. back in the day after having thoroughly listened to and enjoyed their previous works. In 2006 as he browsed through the crates of what was then a hip-hop oasis, Fat Beats—and thank you Fat Beats for the many years of beautiful music and mixtapes—alongside his brother in pen, rhyme and faith Bez 071, that Deep of the 2 Hungry Bros. was browsing a section of rare vinyls.
Undeniably, Deep was really surprised to know that 071 knew all about the previous masterpiece works the 2 Hungry Bros had put out as well their unprecedented contribution to independent underground hip-hop over the years. Due to this, the two were actually on the same page as a young Mickey Boston stood and listened.
For those unfamiliar of the 2 Hungry Bros.—Deep and Ben Boogie—much is to be said without knowing where exactly to begin. The two were each known in their earlier days as the resident DJs at NYC’s Nuyorican Poets Café—a spot where a young Big Brosky once performed after having attended twice with 071. In essence, it was 071 who introduced Mickey Boston to the Nuyorican back in the day where Brosky had then crossed paths with spoken word icon Oveous Maximus. Of course, Boston and 071 themselves making up two-thirds of their then hip-hop group “The Pellican Brieff” had opted to continue their paths as emcees within the poets circa of the Nuyorican.
As the convo between Deep and 071 carried on, Deep asked 071 where he was living. Although 071 was originally from Pittsburgh, he had made Queens home several years earlier. Being from Astoria, 071 spoke much about the aspect of high costs of living, the conversation geared itself towards rent and lodging within the city and how everyday life was manifesting itself in a rather typical mannerism in which every artist can always identify him/herself with: in this specific case, the notion of the starving artist. Brosky, staying out of the convo himself was no longer residing in Jackson Heights but now in Brooklyn’s Mill Basin.
Within this, Brosky did see an irony in this brief part of the convo. As the two spoke about high rents, Brosky himself was actually doing his first chapter on his doctorate on gentrification in New York via the 1920 American novels of Edith Wharton. Indeed things haven’t changed almost one hundred years later and a convo on rent and a changing urban sphere is one of many numerous intelligent convos one can spark with Deep and this is what is salient to people doing hip-hop, the aspect of being able to discuss the realities of life. When one picks up a 2 Hungry Bros. compilation, dont expect to get bling bling talk or a genre of Kanye rant,expect to get so much more via the lyricism of the varying artists they’ve collabed with pending on the track. Moreover, Deep and Boogz themselves, on a side note, grew up on the Lower East Side however things in Manhattan’s L.E.S. were subject to unfavourable gentrification and undeniably this was an issue infected the entirety of the city as a whole, Big Brosky himself had to migrate out the Jackson Heights for South Flatbush feeling he was being pushed out by the high cost of living.
071 and Deep shifted the convo to production as well as marriage as both were somewhere around and close to that phase of tying the knot also known as moving into engagement with one’s significant other – Deep mentioned the possibility of a honeymoon in Jamaica where Brosky joked about it being Jamaica, Queens, the atmosphere was friendly and warm. In context of production, the 2 Hungry Bros. feed their audiences with appetizing entrés of beats mixed and finely roasted to their perfection for their distinct menus—each album and project they’ve either contributed on or put out has been something eschewed from hip-hop’s fine wine cellar, the flavour impeccable, the audiolicious splendour: remarkable.
Ideally, in a nutshell, the Hungry Brothers are a duo who have cheffed, dished out and filled the plates of countless emcees, be they fasting in Ramadan or celebrating Lent. Like chefs in search of that rare ingredient, the 2 Hungry Bros. have been at it with an approach that sets its ears on sounds sampled and/or extracted from vinyls that one couldn’t find in a vintage Brooklyn garage sale.
Undeniably so, it is for good reason that the 2 Hungry Bros. earned their way to becoming the two hottest underground beat chefs within New York’s independent scene. Astonishing how two little boys become best friends in the first grade only to grow up and create a production pairing that travels the country while producing even more dopeness for even more dope artists to rhyme over—it’s the opposite of a vicious cycle, in this case, a delicious cycle.
While 071 and Deep browsed vinyls together, 071 was unable to contain himself over the notion of the brilliance of the Frequent Flyers compilation which was actually sitting in Fat Beats on the adjacent shelf right in front of them; “it’s right there…” uttered Deep back to 071 who mentioned how he copped it much earlier. The album itself features NYC underground hip-hop from the Lower East Side who’s rhythmic bounties was to later capture the attention of more prominent hip-hop heads of the likes of RhymeSayer’s Kevin Beacham.
Let us now realize that we are seasoned and ready to view how the 2 Hungry Bros do their thing. In essence, the generosity and kindness is overflowing. As one listens to how the two describe their experience with music and even introduce some of the weapons of the trade (the classic AKAI – even Brosky started with an AKAI S-20!) you can feel the warmth of their desire to share the music and not be vinyl hoggs or sample monopolizers who attempt to hide or conceal the vinyls they are sampling. This is sportsmanship and class and transparency reflects that snobbery is absent when it comes to the 2 Hungry Bros. They simply are two very human and down to earth cats doing their thing with sincerity, could anyone ask for more?
In essence, the 2 Hungry Bros. have not only supported the independent underground scene with a plethora of melodically therapeutic productions but also the major leagues. The 2 Hungry Bros. are the beat chefs who undeniably single handedly keep hip-hop alive and it is greatly appreciated on the part of heads like Big Brosky who are independent artists continuing in the Jihad against the nefarious tentacles of swagger-hop and its other irritable manifestations of rhythmic deviance. Some bigger names include Vaste Aire, Breez Evahflowin, Perverted Monks, Reef the Lost Cause, Mr. Sinister, Kweli’s best friend in elementary: Pumpkinhead and C Rayz Walz just to name a few.
While Ben Boogz finds his earlier roots with the Creative Juices Crew, it is safe to mention that the 2 Hungry Bros. vividly make their music for a mass populace that spans varying generations of the musical genre of hip-hop.
Brosky wont go as far as placing the 2 Hungries alongside greats like J Dilla however they should be (and 8thw1 did say that there wouldn’t be another producer more illa, but we love what the 2 Hungries puttin out there!) and so in his book and blog they are, khulus.
The new question arises, would we be hearing a collab between Brosky and the 2 Hungry Bros.? Maybe a Ramadan Table Manners joint? That remains to be seen and heard in the future, however stayed tuned for a follow-up review by Brosky on the two latest compilations by the 2 Hungry Bros. Moreover, Brosky would love to hear the 2 Hungry Bros. do a joint with Elzhi.