DJ Brimlo & Bavu Blakes

The Comeback Story

Texas Platters

Austin rap legend Bavu Blakes takes a break from his scholarship to team with producer DJ Brimlo (Galvin McKinney) on a brief, five-track tale about a wayward young man seeking redemption. C.J. Edwards provides an evocative chorus as Blakes details the slippery slope on "Dead to Us" with emotion: "Unsafe, where's the safe, another case, safe to say it ain't pretty/ Hardly ever left the hood or left the city/ Freedom, at last, unlikely baby, here's my address, write me maybe." The rapper's in fine form on "Yesterday," a nostalgic, piano-driven number featuring singer/producer Reggie Coby and songstress Tempest Barnes.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Review: Free Hamze & Peace, <i>FREETAPE2: Peace by Piece</i>
Review: Free Hamze & Peace, FREETAPE2: Peace by Piece
FREETAPE2: Peace by Piece (Record Review)

Derek Udensi, Aug. 4, 2023

Texas Platters
Ben Buck
Kilroy (Record Review)

Derek Udensi, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Kahron Spearman
Austin's Hip-Hop Pioneers, in Their Own Words
Austin's Hip-Hop Pioneers, in Their Own Words
The Austin History Center-archived rappers and industry innovators share stories

Sept. 15, 2023

The Prodigal Producer: Austin’s Malik Baptiste Comes Home
The Prodigal Producer: Austin’s Malik Baptiste Comes Home
Alchemical rapper returns from L.A. with 24-karat solo tracks

Sept. 8, 2023


DJ Brimlo & Bavu Blakes

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle