Northwest Division break through with new album Orange & Black
Vancouver, BC – Originally published March 4, 2016 – The boys of Northwest Division have been one of the hardest grinding teams to come out of Vancouver in the past few years. The pair is made up of two super talented emcees, Junk and Hungry, who have developed their own sound, brand and following making it difficult for beneficiary Vancity emcees to duplicate. They have a solid foundation for their movement and with their recently released album, Orange & Black the team have stepped their game up to a whole new level.
Speaking with Hungry via email this past week, he explains how this project compares to previous releases from Northwest Division, “I think it differs in the way that, it’s a lot more musical than projects we have done in the past. I’d say it’s our most complete body of work and feel it accurately showcases how diverse we are capable of being with our content” – Their growing strength and attention to detail is certainly a major key on this project.
“This album means a great deal to us on a personal level” Hungry continues, ” There was a period last year where there was a lot of tension and strain on our friendship and NWD was almost on the verge of falling apart. That made the writing process a lot more difficult than we would have liked, but the fact we were able to come back from that and strengthen our relationship musically and personally is huge and I think overall the experience made us stronger as a group.”
Northwest Division dove into this project head first and it’s clear. They show unity as a group, while also managing to shine equally as individuals. The project also showcases how the pair blend with an eclectic compilation of features from Snak The Ripper to Tonye Aganaba to J. Dennis and Shotty Horroh. Hungry dives into detail though about how they landed their biggest feature from Strange Music’s Rittz, “We got in touch with Rittz through The Archivest who had interviewed him before. I guess he bigged us up and Rittz actually took the time of day to check our shit out,” Hungry continues, “We had a song ready for him to get on and Rittz was really feeling the concept. He sent us a verse back a couple weeks later and it was crazy. The 2nd time he came through town to play we opened for him and were ready to shoot the video. Big shoutout to the Archivest for linking us up.”
Proving that now is as good a time as any for Northwest Division to get their shine on, the team shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Their plans continue and listeners can expect to see several videos set to drop from Orange & Black along with plans for a summer tour, a solo project from Junk titled I.A.N, the continuation of the Stay Sharp mixtape series, and an annual benefit concert for BC Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre on April 14th at Fortune Sound Club.
It’s best to keep a close eye on NWD this year, they are back and stronger than ever. Download Orange & Black in the meantime via iTunes here.
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