Andrew Gomez IV is the mastermind behind the Glory Kid independent record label of North America. He’s also a talented graphic designer, label/clothing line operator and, as he tells it, “the hardest working brown man in the industry.”
Ghettoblaster caught up with Gomez to run down his favorite things (movies, music, etc.) of the year and this is what he told us.
- Mossbreaker, Between The Noise And You
Seminal album for the label, personal favorite of the label. Glad I have had a hand in helping this masterpiece come to life.
- Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Was cautiously optimistic when I saw the trailer. But it did not disappoint.
Accurate to the events that happened on that beach. Shot beautifully. Nolan kept true to the sentiments and facts. Knowing sometimes the actual events don’t need to be “hollywooded” up to seem sensational.
- Godflesh, Post Self
This was the best gift musically of 2017 for me. I have always been a huge GF and Jesu fan. Hearing that he was probably not going to continue with GF and then this comes out of nowhere was a real treat.
- Lute, West 1996 Pt. 2
This artist/album came out of nowhere for me. Was up late printing and listening to KEXP’s hip hop show and I tuned in mid song “Home.” Lute is from North Carolina and is a force to be reckoned with. Sounds like mid to late ’90s southern rap, not unlike early Outkast.
- All Out War, Give Us Extinction
All Out War can’t put out a bad album. And this is yet again proof of that. Top song “From the Mouth of Serpents.”
- JK Flesh, Suicide Estate Antibiotic Armageddon
So happy to see this dude drop another album this year. I needed this. Since his last album (Nothing Is Free) was released in 2015.
- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN
Not much to say about this masterpiece that will be different from what everyone is probably going to be saying. Definitely a benchmark album for his catalog, and for contemporary hip hop. There has been a lot of debate on if he and his work will be considered a part of the legends that have defined the genre. Only time will tell.
- Tyler The Creator, Flower Boy
Finally a record where Tyler spits bars and doesn’t drop the word faggot incessantly. He’s one of the main OF heads that I could never get into cause his work always came off juvenile and projected an unwillingness to grow. This work shows promise and goes over subject matter with him grappling with growing older and successes and pitfalls of stardom.
- Seeing Bill Burr Live
He did not disappoint, not one bit. It’s been a bucket list thing for me to see him for years now and it was given to me as a birthday gift. Being a casual listener of his podcast it made it that much more enjoyable cause there was definitely some nuances in his bits that references things he was going through/talking about in his podcast. He even got heckled bad by this drunk woman and he handled it like the veteran champ he is. It was a superb experience.
Glory Kid LTD