Genre-eschewing Philly rapper, producer, and graphic designer Erik "E." Grizzly has returned with the latest single from his self-described "Synth-Calypso-Punk" experiment-turned-band, Felipe Pupo. "NOGAF" seamlessly blends Afrobeat, Punk, Hip-Hop, Calypso, Hardcore, and other miscellaneous genres that don't generally, belong together, much like E. Grizzly's 2016 Felipe Pupo full-length. First, started out as a Scott Labenski-produced solo project from E. Grizzly, Felipe Pupo has now, morphed into a proper genre-less quartet featuring E. Grizzly on vocals and keys, along with Labenski on guitar, bassist Aaron Gross, and drummer Carl "Sha'ron" Scott. E. Grizzly's A-Ha! Records has joined forces with Darko The Super's U DONT DESERVE THIS BEAUTIFUL ART (UDDTBA) imprint to release Felipe Pupo's new EP and first as a full-fledged band, ORISHAS. "NOGAF," which stands for "No One Gives a F**k," is an ode to the short attention span of social media amongst today's youth, forever memorialized within its accompanying meme-filled video.
It will be released digitally, as well as on exclusive limited edition cassette, on Friday, April 27th and will be memorialized with two ORISHAS Release Weekend Shows to be held 4/27-28 at LAVA Space and The Pharmacy, respectively; said Release Weekend Shows will feature not one, but TWO top-billing performances by Felipe Pupo, as well as supporting slots from Throwdown Syndicate, Sh*thawks, Ronnie Vega, Torito (twice,) Hardhealth, Bucko/Cunningham/Adams Trio, and Darko The Super. "The last album was dedicated to Jason Pupo," says E. Grizzly. "He was a good friend of mine, who passed away. It inspired me to write about ghosts and being haunted by memories. We wanted to keep the spirit theme going with this new EP. Orishas are spirits in the Yoruba and Santeria religions. It's a part of my [family's] history and it's something I wanted to explore. The first single is called "NOGAF." It's inspired by social media and one of these Orishas," he continued. Felipe Pupo's ORISHAS EP will be released Friday 4/27 on A-Ha! Records & UDDTBA.