Prey for the Devil. Throughout the record, the Watts native uses references to prey to flip stereotypes about people living in the inner city. In Bambu’s worldview, rappers, gang members and other defiant people of color usually are treated as prey by the police and political establishment. “But the predator is sticking all my homies in the cage,” he observes before insisting, “This is not the last breath of a martyr.” The Filipino-American performer grew up amid violence but, unlike less authentic rappers, he seldom glorifies it. Tonight, Bambu previews new material from Exorcising a Demon, Article 1: A Few Left, an upcoming project with his longtime producer and collaborator, DJ Phatrick.
“We been conditioned though we are not the criminals,” Bambu declares on “Info Trip,” from his 2016 album,