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During the dark, horrifying Macklemore Ascendancy period of 2013, there was a lot of talk about how the top spot on the Billboard singles charts had become a whites-only zone. And it’s true: In the past few years, white pop-rappers like Macklemore and Iggy Azalea have managed to blow up huge by bypassing rap’s traditionally… More »

If you’re heading to The Gorge for Sasquatch! this weekend, you probably already know to check out Sigur Rós, Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala, and other live favorites. But, as with Coachella, there are some hidden gems of the festival that you need to check out. Some are groups on the verge of breaking through, some… More »

Last year, the Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso had something of a coming-out party when he released his For The Glory mixtape, a cloudy-eyed and bloody-minded celebration of boundless drug appetites and comic-book violence. Nacho had as much fun kicking out grisly murder threats as Odd Future do, but he did it with more of a… More »

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Stream Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra The Witchtape

Over the last few years, the Seattle rapper has teamed up with the production duo Blue Sky Black Death for a few albums’ worth of hazy, gothic, sinister rap music. My favorite of their team-ups is probably still 2011’s For The Glory, but they always sound good together; their styles just mesh beautifully. 88 Ultra… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 12, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Stream Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death Stoned & Dethroned

The Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso has a dark, slithery dirtbag appeal; he raps about violent horror-movie antics with a blackly comic wink in his voice. Blue Sky Black Death, meanwhile, is a Seattle production duo with a twinkly, astral take on synth-rap; their music is glacial and bottom-heavy and gorgeous. BSBD have produced a bunch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Blue Sky Black Death – “Keys” (Feat. Gucci Mane, Deniro Farrar, Nacho Picasso & Mack Shine)

The ambitious Seattle rap production duo Blue Sky Black Death released their sprawling album Glaciers this week, and it’s notably low on actual rap. And it’s not like that needed a corrective, since Glaciers is an absorbing and gorgeous record. But now it’s got a corrective anyway: “Keys,” a new online one-off that features the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Sasquatch! 2013 Friday: Vampire Weekend, Macklemore, Youth Lagoon, & More

Driving to the Sasquatch! Festival on Thursday I opted to skip out on I-90 from Seattle and instead drive way up north and take Route 2. It still gets you where you’re going, but the traffic-congested two-and-a-half hour trip you get with 90 becomes an isolated six-hour journey if you choose Rt. 2. It’s completely… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 25, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Download Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso Exalted

The first rapper who showed up twice in our Mixtape Of The Week column was Seattle’s Nacho Picasso, who teamed up with the hometown production crew Blue Sky Black Death on For The Glory and Lord Of The Fly. The combination of Nacho’s nasally grimy death-obsessed stoner-talk and BSBD’s headblown synthscapes is a potent one… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2012 - 11:11 am

Download Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso Lord Of The Fly Mixtape

Late last year, we gave Mixtape Of The Week one week to For The Glory, a full-length from the word-drunk, bloody-minded Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso. Much of the production on that mixtape came from the Seattle duo Blue Sky Black Death, whose gleaming synths were an ideal complement for Nacho’s comic-book nerdery and crawling threats. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Stereogum’s Monthly Mix: October 2011

Alright, y’all know what time it is. It’s the Halloweekend, and today we’ve got some of the best tracks from the last month that fit nicely into whatever theme-heavy environment you’re trying to create. Whether it’s a spare spectralness (Atlas Sound), a haunted heaviness (Crystal Stilts), or just some aggro rap music with a titular… More »

By: Stereogum / October 28, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Nacho Picasso – “Bad Guy” Video

A few weeks back, we named For The Glory, the long-player from the deadpan Seattle punchliner Nacho Picasso, our Mixtape Of The Week. Nacho now has a video for one of that mixtape’s standouts, the opener “Bad Guy.” In the clip, Nacho drives around, smokes a blunt off a rooftop, drags a dead body through… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2011 - 12:23 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Nacho Picasso For The Glory

It’s one thing to make clever, inventive music, and its another entirely to make clever, inventive music while, at the same time, sounding like you couldn’t possibly give less of a fuck about whatever gifts you might possess. That skill is a rare and specific one, and the Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso has it. If… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 5, 2011 - 2:06 pm