Fly Anakin and Big Kahuna OG – Holly Water

Fly Anakin and Big Kahuna OG are members of Richmond, Virginia’s Mutant Academy crew. On Holly Water, their first album, the two emcees trade verses over downtempo, pensive samples and crunchy drums, their raps dense with observations about their lived experiences. As Big Kahuna says on “Shaky on the Phone,”: “I don’t rap for the attention/there’s actually a message.” Stereogum’s Tom Breihan describes the album as contemporary boom-bap, a “reassuring kind of traditionalism – rap music as comfort food.” While it’s true that Fly Anakin and Big Kahuna OG are indebted to 90s East Coast rap, they’re also unafraid to push boundaries and take risks.