Six Pack

Kirk Dubb

Seattle’s ambassador of alcoholic hip-hop – the “Original Dranksta’ himself – is back for another round, “pleading the fifth and drinking it too.”

Kirk Dubb: Seattle’s Original Dranksta’ Is Back With A Brand New 6-Pack

Seattle’s ambassador of alcoholic hip-hop – the “Original Dranksta’ himself – is back for another round, “pleading the fifth and drinking it too.”

Following up the booze-fueled epics Booze and Madness and Thirsty (with Mister Holmes), Kirk Dubb’s new E.P. 6-Pack features six, slamming new tracks that should only add to his iconic status as Seattle’s undisputed Sultan of Swill.

6-Pack reunites the self-proclaimed “Menace To Sobriety” with master mixologist and longtime collaborator Dynomite D, who has also produced tracks with Kid Koala (“The Slew”) and the Beastie Boys (“Four Fly Guys”). New to the mix are producer Ragan Crowe (who also moonlights as guitarist/vocalist with Seattle rock band Shim), and Johnny Lawrence, a veteran rapper from Detroit.

Lawrence earns his bar tab on the wickedly wasted “Brewicidal,” with his own flow, matching Dubb’s inebriated lines like “Rainier was the case that they gave me” and “Beachwood aged, Buzz engaged, Ripping through bartenders like a 12-gauge” round for round.

As “mayor-for-life” of West Seattle’s infamous pub row (where you’ll find as many condos as there are bars these days), Kirk Dubb’s legend is as unquestionable as his thirst is unquenchable. In 2003, he was nominated as Seattle’s best hip-hop artist by the Seattle Weekly. More recently, Kirk Dubb earned the dubious honor of being named “Drunk of the Month” by Modern Drunkard Magazine. Earlier this year, Kirk Dubb shared a bill with Seattle rap icon Sir Mix-A-Lot in their mutual hometown of Seattle.

On another standout from 6-Pack, Kirk Dubb brings this connection full circle. “My Lincoln” namechecks landmarks like Emerald Downs right alongside his favorite West Seattle bars, on a booze cruise that takes him from Seattle’s Alki Beach to Tacoma’s Ruston Way. If Mix’s “Posse On Broadway” introduced the world to Dick’s Drive In and 23rd and Rainier nearly 30 years ago, this roadmap to Seattle is seen through a more bloodshot rearview; one where Kirk Dubb proudly admits that “like a bad law student, I can’t pass a bar.”

Kirk Dubb, “the Soldier of Suds, the “Sultan of Swill,” is back, and for this round “Papa’s Got A Brand New 6-Pack.” Chug-A-Lug, y’all.

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Booze & Madness

Kirk Dubb

Booze and Madness proudly displays the drunken dexterity of Kirk Dubb, whose uniquely fermented spin on the rap game is a frothy brew consisting of equal parts Iceberg Slim, King Ad Rock, and Foster Brooks.

Kirk Dubb "No Hope...Just Booze & Madness..." What do you say about an artist like Kirk Dubb? He has the heart of a poet, the mind of a derelict, and he has just unleashed a debut CD that should impact hip-hop with all the sobriety and subtlety of a detox ward.

Booze and Madness proudly displays the drunken dexterity of Kirk Dubb, whose uniquely fermented spin on the rap game is a frothy brew consisting of equal parts Iceberg Slim, King Ad Rock, and Foster Brooks. Make no mistake. The science is as sloshed as it is sociopathic. It is also unapologetic, and undeniably REAL.

Kirk Dubb came up on old school rap legends like Kool G Rap and Digital Underground. But his flow comes as much from Bukowski as it does the Beasties. Sample lyrics: “I’d rather throw up than grow up”; “Pass me another and another like I’m Charles Bukowski’s brother”. When Kirk Dubb found his hip-hop religion, he found it floating in the bottom of a pint of Guinness. And he hasn’t strayed far since…

“I come from a proud lineage of drunkards and gamblers,” Kirk humbly explains.

When no less than Kid Rock heard one early Kirk Dubb track, “This Is It”, he offered to remix it on the spot, saying he would make the inebriated emcee an “underground icon.” Unfortunately for Kirk Dubb, the Kid also signed with Atlantic the same week, putting what was sure to be an intoxicating collaboration (and a record breaking bar tab) on permanent hold.

Enter legendary Northwest mixmaster Dynomite D (Dylan J. Frombach), whose turntable pyrotechnics have ignited tracks for the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, and Kid Koala. Dynomite’s wicked beats on tracks like “Party Time”, “Seldom Seen, Seldom Sober” and “In the Pocket” (where Dynomite makes the logical musical connection between Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert and the Fat Boys), proved the perfect antidote to the hangover of an M.I.A. Kid Rock. Dynomite D’s explosive tracks provide the proverbial missing olive to the shaken and stirred wordplay of Booze and Madness .

“This is hip hop music for the Everyman. The drunks and the degenerates. The Barstool B-Boys and all the Blue and White Collar Boozers and Boozettes. Dubb’s got the party market cornered,” as the man himself puts it. With Booze and Madness, Kirk Dubb can make a legitimate claim as hip-hop’s premier Wordsmith to the Wasted. “more hits than Timothy Leary.” Kirk Dubb’s got your next round when you do.

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Thirsty

Kirk Dubb & Mister Holmes

Blue Collar Hip Hop w/ an Old School flavor. "2 a.m. broads...triple digit bartabs...rhythm method hangovers...Its enough to make you THIRSTY.

Kirk Dubb & Mister Holmes

Who's In the Pub? Holmes and Dubb...

Whatcha Gonna Do? Chug-A Lug.

With the heart of a poet and the soul of a derelict, Kirk Dubb's cult classic 2001 debut CD Booze and Madness forever established him as Northwest hip hop's foremost Sultan of Swill.

Now, four years after that boozy epic, Kirk Dubb has found the perfect rhyming and drinking foil in Mister Holmes. Together, these alcoholic alchemists have brewed up a new CD. With all the sobriety and subtlety of a detox ward, Thirsty (Selling Records), is guaranteed to quench the senses, while quelling the hangovers.

Think of it as projectile hip hop.

Thirsty reunites these renaissance rogues with Booze and Madness production wunderkind Dynomite D. New to the mix this time around are veteran producers Mr. Supreme (Sharpshooters) and Grammy Award winner Art Hodge (Santana). Together they brew an intoxicating mix of deep basslines and beats recalling the heady stew of the Beasties "Paul's Boutique" heyday. The lyrical toxicology of titles like "Who's In the Pub?", "Never Gonna Die", and "Great Northwest", pay homage to their Seatown hometown, mining local references ranging from Hendrix to Sasquatch to the Space Needle (shades of fellow Northwest icon Sir Mix-A-Lot).

Thirsty's cover art says it all. Kirk Dubb, the truck driving everyman (who moonlights as hip hop's wordsmith to the wasted), stares at a fresh pint of Guinness through the red, squinted eyes of one who knows the words "last call" all too well. Mister Holmes by contrast, looks like he has just stepped out of a Hunter S Thompson "Fear and Loathing" movie. Seated at the ready, armed with cocktail glass and a full bottle of hooch, the only thing missing is the cigarette holder.

As permanent mayor of West Seattle 's "pub row", Kirk Dubb's credentials are as well established as his affection for alcohol. His resume includes being nominated by Seattle 's Weekly as 2003's "Best Hip-Hop" act (alongside the likes of Source of Labor and the Sharpshooters). He also has the distinction of being named "Drunk of the Month" by Modern Drunkard Magazine.

With Thirsty, you can add a shot of Mister Holmes to this already potent mix.. A self described "average working stiff with delusions of grandeur" from "The Promised Land of Rat City" ( South Seattle 's notorious White Center neighborhood), Mister Holmes is the poetic misanthrope to Kirk Dubb's derelict of drunken dialect. Call him the "thoughtful brooding archetype".

If loose women, cold beer, and hip hop whet your appetite for late night excess, Thirsty is guaranteed to satisfy your deepest cravings.

Belly up y'all.

Who's in the Pub? Holmes and Dubb! To Chug A Lug, go to www.kirkdubb.com

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Feb28

Kirk Dubb & Mister Holmes w/ DJ Swift LIVE at the Feedback Lounge!

Feedback Lounge, 6451 California Ave. SW, Seattle, Washington

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Jun14

The Return of Kirk Dubb w/ Mister Holmes and DJ Dynomite D.

Feedback Lounge, 6451 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA

Apr3

Sir Mix Alot / Kirk Dubb Shut the Stage Down

88 Keys, 315 2nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA