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We talk with JP of BBGUNS About "Help Yourself"

We talk with JP of BBGUNS About  "Help Yourself"

Pittsburgh-based pop/rock/indie/hip-hop duo BBGuns has released their album Help Yourself, and it’s a bright, flavorful shot of summertime reverie. Filled with chunky beats, infectious vocal lines, and clever rapping, Help Yourself is a huge sugar rush of music that never really goes out of style, presented in a fresh and colorful way.

I had a chance to catch up with with JP, one half of this dynamic duo, our conversation started just as we were both getting off work one afternoon. BBGuns had just participated in a 24 hour livestream.

Peradam Tapes Releases Back Catalog of Vintage Mixes

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Peredam tapes has released six collections of mixes by a couple of last.fm era aliases of Qualchan.- gngsgns and bopapocalypse. There are three releases for each.

The gngsgns releases are chopped mixtapes of mostly hip hop, and each is themed around a different Texas city. Welcometodallas is a pleasantly churning mixture of high falootin’ city sounds and seedy underbelly hip hop grooves.

ftworthherointrips is a more laid back excursion into chopped/screwed blending a syrup of slowed down beats and altered realities.

screwston, man is the final of the gngsgns releases as Qualchan. states in the album description,

“another archival release from the humid summer of 2k11. this was the last gngsgns. release as i discovered two white edm ding dongs from the midwest were also using the name & i didn't want to be associated with them, so i moved onto greener pastures with bopapocalypse. the tape version (which disappeared when my old macbook died) had a fifteen minute edit of bjork's unravel.”

Along with some nicely mellowed joyride jams, there are some other humorously obvious samples and loops, that the artist unashamedly includes as an illustration of his early curation and sampling style.

In fact, each of these releases is presented in its original form.

“again some of the song choices are a little questionable in hindsight but i am just putting out everything warts & all”

The Bopapocalypse releases are similar in style and build to the gngsgns releases, pitch-bent clips of hip hop and pop songs blended into casual mixtapes to while away the recreational hours. The first of these is
free ted kaczynski., on which each of the tracks is named after a city that the famous domestic terrorist sent an explosive device to. On the Nod demonstrates a honing of Bopapocalypse’s mixing skills, with tighter, more aggressive compositions.

The final Bopapocalypse mixtape marked the end of the era, and the transition of the artist into Qualchan. Listen carefully for alterations of style and purpose:




All of these mixes are a free download and. even without deep analysis of an artist forming a style - they’re perfect chopped and screwed hip hop jams that you can download for free.

Gray Lee

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