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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oakland's Foreign Legion, Still Not Famous, Drops "Red Eye Flight" Mixtape to Preview New Album

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 11:12 AM

On the off chance you're not yet overwhelmed by the clip at which free Bay Area rap is coming at you, here's another one: The Red Eye Flight mixtape from indefatigable Oakland duo Foreign Legion, released yesterday as an appetite-whetter for the album Night Moves, slated to drop next Tuesday on Hungerstrike Records.

For those of you keeping track at home, Night Moves is also the name of a high-concept motion picture in which MCs Prozack and Stretch have to outwit an evil label exec to get back the masters of their album, Night Moves. (Cervantesian, no?) Read this East Bay Express profile on why the plot isn't pure concoction -- the Legionnaires have been at it for a long-ass time by rap standards, without seeing as much love from the majors as they feel is coming to them.

The gap between dues-paying and just desserts is a primary theme of the Red Eye Flight tape -- see the lament in "Hip Hop D-List" that Prozack and Stretch don't yet "have it made in the shade like a canopy," or "So much better than that stuff on the radio / Making music but we're not making dough," from "Piano Banger." But it's not all disgruntled rap: for the most part it's wall-to-wall punchlines ("I got a classic flow tighter than your

cameltoe," etc.) laid over smooth, light beats ("Three" and "The Ultimate" go down best), plus the occasional collar-tuggingly awkward interstitial talk. Pro tip: avoid the Crocodile Hunter parody skit.

All in all, a promising glimpse of what's to come on Night Moves, whose lead single, "Burning Bushes" (featuring Oxnard MC Oh No) is included here. Unfortunately, the film can't be seen anywhere besides Foreign Legion shows -- for the curious, there's one this Friday at Disco Volante in Oakland.

Enlist in the service and download the mixtape here.

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