Infinite Lawn, what is infinity? What is a lawn? rhetorical questions one should meditate on while listening to the New EP by NY Natives Mimz and Dunn.
“Birds of a Feather heard you Tethered to the trenches of ya never land”
Mimz makes 2 things clear with their presence on this tape. 1)I can rap and 2) I can live life. While living life is a key element to making a piece of work it’s fabrication is easily noticed when a bond is created with the work. In an age where YouTube killed the boobtube and the internet has set the pace for the airwaves Mimz let’s you know that they will always create by his own rules. Mimz and Dunn both have their fair share of production credits on the album as well Mimz producing under the handle Ile Deau.
Dunn, bearing the burden of having a deep voice makes his presence clear in the beginning of the tape with bars you have to Google to understand. In the year 2021, we’re not not listening to rap like that, it doesn’t matter if the genre or delivery style research is a pillar to the enjoyment of hip hop. Dunn makes it clear he is self aware and has a bone to pick but would rather pick his own mind and create discourse thru punch lines.
“How I play Jeremy Lin Kawaii whatever”
Aside from the production and rhyme ability of Mimz and Dunn they solidified the value of their project by enlisting production from no better way to say it than their comrades. Family and Introspection are strong themes in the work that being said introspection is a very annoying and dry subject.
The beats definitely help enlisting producers such as Benji Socrate$ Dough Face and features from KUYA and Desde BK.Essentially all art is self reflection and introspection. How’d they bypass that big elephant in the room which is the blandness and unseasoned meal that deep introspective rap music is? They’re seemingly friends and upon listening to this tape you’ll find there may have been no intention for an album but just two friends and two badass kids all grown up still playin dumb and fun on an infinite lawn with water stains on their clothes in pure bliss, something young Natives aren’t allowed much anymore.
21 year old Mimz The Magnificent is a multi-disciplinary musician born/raised in the Bronx. From songwriting to production, this jack of all trades is a master of lyricism, and is also a part of a underground Neo-Soul band called Fib9 (Fibonacci 9). Being based out of NYC, Mimz has also made a name for themselves in the LA/Oakland scene. You can generally feel the taste of new and old soul brought from generations of Hip-Hop. As well as being a musician, Mimz takes time to teach BIPOC youth audio engineering while opening up space for underprivileged voices through studio work and events. Coming from NYC his biggest goal is to show the same kids growing up in their neighborhood that it takes a village to let your passions run free. @mimzthemagnificent
Dunn is a rapper & producer born in Harlem and currently based in Brooklyn. Inspired by the soul-sampling legacy so prevalent in hip-hop, he continues to hone his skills; whether alone or in a duo. They are currently a member of NYC-based collective Planet Locale and release music within 3 duos: National Question(with Kuya), ‘to Stars(with Zakhele) & with Mimz the Magnificent (usually written as Mimz & Dunn or Dunn & Mimz). However you consume their content, Dunn is almost guaranteed to give their audience morbid & witty lyricism combined with social & political commentary to provide an experience that is uniquely his own. @whatistobedunn