Your Old Droog has announced that his new album Dump YOD: Krutoy Edition will be released on December 4. While Droog’s last album Jewelry was about claiming his Jewish heritage, the new project finds YOD embracing his Ukrainian and Eastern European roots. Rooted in raw, minimalist production, Dump YOD: Krutoy Edition is a perfect showcase for Your Old Droog’s transcendent lyrical skills and vivid storytelling, imbued with the Ukraine-born emcee’s reflections on growing up in Brooklyn as a Russian-speaking immigrant. With song titles like “Kazakhstan”, “Matryoshka” and “Uzbekistan”, old world samples and one track rapped entirely in Russian, the thematic focus is clear.
grandson announces his official full-length debut, Death of an Optimist, out December 4th through Fueled By Ramen. Following grandson’s debut EP trilogy of Modern Tragedy 1, 2, and 3, which turned Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician Jordan Edward Benjamin into a vocal spokesperson on some of today’s most pressing political and social issues, Death of an Optimist continues grandson’s dynamic search for meaningful change with some of his most clear-eyed and assertive songwriting yet.