“AnimeKilledTheMangaStar” is a 5 track EP by Bito Sureiya– sometimes known as
‘BigNickPearlCity‘. A founding member of the DMV collective Nasa8.
When looking through the group’s bandcamp, you’d get an idea of how much material they have put out through 2012 till date and it’s pretty impressive if not insane.
On “AnimeKilledTheMangaStar”, Bito Sureiya experiments with obviously Japanese animation culture, 8 bit-esque sounds, ominous laid back backdrops and obscure vocal snippets.
The opener “Don’t Be A Banana“, kicks off with a stuttering drum and a computerized japanese female repeatedly saying ‘*Otaku‘. Bito comes through with a pop reference laced verbal attack on wack mcs and the likes.
“...If MCs were nice as they say they was/They wouldn’t be getting zootted off promo drugs/ With the labels pushing collabs with homo thugs/ And Ghost writing hypemen striking wack MCs with lightning…”
(*a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.)
“Mateo Got My Wallet“, creatively employs the same sample from Saigon’s Stocking Cap. Slowed down with neck snapping boombap drums and featured Varth Dader & Jiro Sama (from Nasa8). The hook is complete with various vocal snippets relating to writing, writers block,flow and being sucky and sounds pretty off kilter over the smooth soul vocals. “Like Chill TF Out“ reminds me of something you’d get if you mix Odd future and MF Grimm. Glitched sounds, obscure pitched down samples, somewhat dark distortions which give it that lo fi feel. “Now Tree Free” has that 90s feel through and through. the swinging drums, jazzy horns and a befitting bassline to match. His flow is spirited, effortless and decisive its like he studied various styles from said era and flipped it. “Saitama” which is the last track, features a pitched down effect on his vocals and has that trippy, distorted lo fidelity trap feel to it. It’s cool, somewhat weird but definitely not out of place considering the theme running through the entire EP.
Ultimately “AnimeKilledTheMangaStar” in my opinion is cohesive, sticks to its plot but may be somewhat jarring. It does takes some multiple listens to get into as one may regard it as a teaser. There is a lot going on here in terms of experimentation, the sounds employed stray beyond the typical hip-hop and manages to capture what I possibly call a snapshot of the artist’s mind frame. “AnimeKilledTheMangaStar“ at 5 tracks short with 2 features(on the same song) pretty much allows Bito to get his point across. He strives to be different, free spirited and of course not to be put in a box.
Pretty interesting work if I do say so myself and I think y’all should check it out.
Last words: Experimental, off kilter but engaging.