Lucas Dix is a rapper and educator who lives in Portland, OR. Having grown up in Wisconsin for the first 23 years of his life, Dix moved to Oregon with his close friend and musical partner, Gavin Theory, in August of 2008. The two individuals formed the hip hop group Hives Inquiry Squad, releasing an album Edifice in 2011, performing with many notable acts such as Digable Planets, Kurtis Blow, Oldominion, Sandpeople, Del the Funky Homosapien, and more. Shortly after the release of their album, Dix formed another group, Jellyfish Brigade, with producer The Great Mundane.
In 2012, Gavin Theory died after fighting a sarcoma cancer for over two years. This experience was the inspiration and emotion behind the 2014 Jellyfish Brigade album Diving Lessons, which is Dix's most successful record to date. The record highlights Dix's signature heart-on-the-sleeve rapping and layered melodies.
Since the release of Diving Lessons, Dix has released music as the rapper/emcee for the groups Shut-ins and the Colony, R4PC4MP, and BCxLD. He also produced the folk album We've All Got Baggage by Now under the name Lukulele Slim. Currently, Dix and The Great Mundane are working on a new Jellyfish Brigade album titled Rocking Chair Wisdom, Tire Swing Wonder.
of Jellyfish Brigade, Hives Inquiry Squad, BCxLD, Shut-ins and the Colony, R4PC4Mp, and Lukulele Slim
Jellyfish Brigade - Dance in the Dungeon
BCxLD - The Ballad of Darla and Igna
Hives Inquiry Squad - Back and Forth
Shut-ins and the Colony - Lo-Fi Love Songs
Lukulele Slim ft Fruition - Man the Riverboat
(Jellyfish Brigade Cover)
Shut-ins and the Colony
Lo-Fi Love Songs
Coming in at only four songs, the listen is extremely doable and the relistenability factor is very real. There’s a domestic bliss to the vibe. This is grown people music. Come home, bake some salmon and zucchini, open a bottle of quality wine, and dance with your girl like a real fucking man, boy.
This record is all about escaping to a place where a man can kick up his feet, take a deep breath of freedom, make babies with his li’l momma, and forget all the troubles of a world that never gave much of a shit about him in the first place.
"It is one of those albums that you won't want to put down and move onto the next thing, which is a common happening with the ever growing popularity of hip hop. You will want to listen to it over and over, learn the lyrics from beginning to end, and sing along. That's where I'm at with it." -Tiffology
My, How Time Flies IV
It’s no secret that My, How Time Flies has been one of my favorite projects to watch unfold over the last year. I already knew Dix as a talented emcee who had released projects such as Jellyfish Brigade or Shut-ins and the Colony, but I didn’t know what an undertaking this particular project would become. Brass Clouds is a talented producer with a real knack for creating these really lush, gorgeous soundscapes which lend themselves well to Dix’s smooth-yet-gruff voice as he contemplates life’s journey up to this point – the wonder of childhood, the loss of dear friends, and the winding path that we all travel down with each passing year. It’s certainly easy to enjoy My, How Time Flies IV on its own or as an entry point – at it’s most basic, this is just good hip hop with good, story-telling lyricism. However, even if this is your first time listening to BCxLD, I strongly encourage to go back and start from the beginning so you can hear how the project has evolved in four volumes. There are plenty of through lines, but there are also a lot of subtle changes and stylistic choices that switch things up and keep things fresh. On IV, the album opens on “Undesirable Eden,” with a really great guitar line and some of the biggest drums featured throughout, pushing the sound to a more aggressive style than normally featured across the collection, then pivots with a piano breakdown. It's these little tweaks and additions along the way that make the music just that much more interesting. Everything culminates beautifully in the last track, “MHTF,” a song with great electric piano melody, funky drums, an immediately catchy hook, and great lyricism about finding inner strength. It's a great closing statement.