Coming straight from the Baldwin Village jungles with an endless arsenal of bars, Baby Stone Gorillas bring a whole new meaning to “gorilla” warfare. Returning to deploy the latest video from their recent mixtape, The Military, the LA rap quartet shares “Y’all Know Who Did That.” The standout track finds 5Much, Top5ivee, EKillaOffDaBlocck, and P4K plotting how to leave their mark on the enemy over a sinister instrumental as they assert their status: “You a lil pup, get your rank up, I’m a big dog,” raps 5Much.
The video for “Y’all Know Who Did That,” which follows recent clips for the singles, “WOP” and “Block Benders,” takes viewers on a whimsically animated journey into the mixtape’s militaristic world of tanks, choppers, and humvees. The scene surrounding the crew depicts the aftermath rather than the action, as the desert floor is littered with crashed vehicles and spent artillery. As the video progresses, it becomes no more clear what happened there, but there’s no question as to who did it.
Released earlier this month, The Military refines the group’s hard-hitting West Coast sound, its glossy textures, funk-forward rhythms, and boosted bass adding emphasis to quartet’s raw lyricism. The Gorillas shoulder the tape’s full 23 song trackload without outside features–allowing plenty of opportunity for each of the four rappers to show off their distinct styles. The mixtape is home to new highlights like mischievous, piano-led “Slide On Em,” the provocative and infectious “We Love Opp Hoes,” and the luscious “Koldest Addiction.” With production from West Coast mainstays like RonRonTheProducer, Juneonnabeat, and more, The Military is available everywhere via Park Money Records / EMPIRE.
The four members of Baby Stone Gorillas have known each other since they were 10-years-old, and were friends far before they dreamed of music stardom. Last summer, the group’s self-titled video racked up 1.9 million views, precipitating a streak of viral singles inclusing the Pitchfork–approved “Military,” which earned airplay on Drake’s OVOSound Radio, and “Untouchable” ft. RJMrLA, catching the attention of Shaquille O’Neal. The group made a major impact with their debut mixtape BABYST5XNE GORILLAS in March 2022, which earned praise from Pitchfork, SPIN, Audiomack, and many others, and featured “Keep Goin,” which The Los Angeles Times named one of the 100 Best Songs of 2022.
With The Military available everywhere and more mixtapes ready to go, the Baby Stone Gorillas are on a mission to prove they’re the realest in L.A. Stay tuned for much more.
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