Release Date: Nov 27, 2012
Record label: RBC
2011 was arguably a banner year for Pac Div, who not only dropped a refreshingly solid mixtape in Mania! but also finally released their debut album The DiV. Comparably, 2012 has been a relatively quiet year for the trio, liberating sparse records here and there while out on the road. With their latest effort GMB, Pac Div looks to propel their name to the forefront once again as a group that deserves mention with today’s greats.
“Time to rob a bank,” threatens Pac Div emcee Mibbs. “Walk in that bitch like, ‘Show me the safe.’” Mibbs isn’t being literal, but he is serious. Pac Div hasn’t made an impact commercially, and they’re far from critical darlings. He reluctantly opens “Bank” with the line, “Always making ground, breaking shit that don’t break.” When good music doesn’t equal money, the musician gets frustrated or even desperate.
A handful of albums over the years have made you want to upgrade your speaker system. It might have been Dr. Dre’s 2001, Non Phixion’s The Future Is Now, or the criminally overlooked Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde from The Pharcyde. And now Pac Div, with their sophomore release GMB, will have you scouring the interweb for an uptick in bass.