Butcher Brown has been blurring the lines between jazz, R&B, funk and hip-hop since they arrived on the scene. They continued that tradition last year with the release of their album #KingButch. They may not be household names just yet, but that might be changing as they continue to raise their profile. Speaking of, the band is doing just that as the latest artists to grace NPR's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts series.
The band took to a restaurant rooftop in their native Richmond, Virginia for the occasion, and their four-song set did not disappoint. They kicked things off with oldie-but-goodie "Sticky July," a rousing, jazzy jam that showed off the group's unquestionable chops with horns, keys, guitar and drums crafting an enchanting rhythm. They then switched to their cut "Camden Square," which exemplified their ability to genre-hop freely. Good on its own, it's also served as the best intro to the biggest genre change of the set, "#KingButch." The band went straight hip-hop for the song, which features the group's saxophonist/trumpeter Tennishu spitting hot fire on the mic for the duration of the track. Last, but certainly not least was "Tidal Wave." The track, which incorporates Ronnie Laws and Black Moon into one cohesive jam, was the perfect capper as the sun began to set on the band after 15 minutes of grooves.
The fellas definitely have a way with music and it showed throughout their set. If you don't already know about Butcher Brown, then we definitely suggest you get familiar by watching their performance below.