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Shubzilla & Bill Beats

The Kong Quest

Released September 2019

This fascinating project from music duo Shubzilla and Bill Beats samples heavily—as the record’s name might suggest—from classic SNES Donkey Kong games. Atop a retro ‘80s foundation, both in samples and the resulting boom-bap beats, Shubzilla raps with honesty about her challenges being a new mother, her exhaustion and anxieties. In their review, Scratched Vinyl notes how the lyrics also explore “the daily micro and macro aggressions that come with being a Filipino American woman.”

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