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Seattle’s The Physics may hail from the same hometown as that other Emerald City R&B export, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but there’s nary a trace of the bravado found in the “Thrift Shop” duo’s recipe book.
“Am I Crazy,” which we’re pleased to debut below, eschews hip-hop shit-talking in favor of something deep and reflective. Lead Physics-ian Gathigi Gishuru—Thig Natural, to listeners—drops bars such as “I don’t know where I should stop / don’t know where I should begin / I was in something perfect / and now it’s something crazy,” with such weight and conviction that it’s difficult not to visualize him peering out toward Seattle’s skyline as he speaks. Over the track’s smoky, minimalist production, Gishuru’s words emit a slow burn.
“At that moment I was literally looking at the sky,” says Gishuru, “and it was hella gray. That was the basis for the track; an overcast or looming uncertainty we all experience, whether it’s a relationship, or you feel your life is at one point or another. Bushwick Bill said it best—shit can play tricks on your mind.”
THE PHYSICS’ DIGITAL WILDLIFE IS DUE OUT DECEMBER 27. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, PLEASE VISIT ITS WEBSITE.