Gualla Boys

Righteous

Gualla Boys
Righteous
self-released

“Our goal is to make music that’s exciting, entertaining and would get a crowd going,” shares Cameron Goff, half of the Portland rap duo Gualla Boys. Righteous, the group’s third studio effort, accomplishes this goal with gusto – after all, you don’t need to be a poet to get the party started. The six-song EP features Goff as the lead MC, and what he lacks as a rap technician is more than made up for by his rambunctious energy. “We got the speakers bumpin’ / Look around you see the people jumpin’,” he boasts on “Feelin It,” a lean, effective banger that pairs a chilly synth loop with a triplet-heavy flow reminiscent of Run the Jewels. Lyrically, Righteous is full of run-of-the-mill shit-talk about money and cars and superior abilities. But it’s enthusiastic run-of-the-mill shit-talk, and I’m an absolute sucker for it. Plus, producer Alex Girsch has got the goods. He gives each of these tracks its own distinctly grimy vibe, from the ominous trap of “Lockdown” to the stripped-down Beverly Hills Cop beat that propels “Honey Dew.” Then there’s “Portland,” which brings in local ringers THT and IZZYOUNG to shout out the 207 over some legit slow-burn G-funk from Girsch. When THT spits, “I float when I breathe / And I’m warm when I freeze,” on his acrobatic final verse, it feels like he could melt a Nor’easter. Mission accomplished, gentlemen.