Representing Seattle’s south end, The Physics are one of the region’s most critically-celebrated hip hop crews. Real-deal brothers Thig Nat and Monk Wordsmith, and Justo have been making music for well over a decade since their days at O’Dea High School. The group’s evolution from a refreshing, promising rap trio to a sophisticated collective of lyricists, vocalists and musicians is a narrative of hometown pride. Beyond their considerable accomplishments and featured performances as a premier local act, it is the sound and vibe that The Physics lend to the city’s sonic landscape that many say express Seattle at its finest.
The Physics first gained recognition with Future Talk (2007), a 15-track LP packed with hooks and candid raps that were both lively and laid-back. High Society EP (2009) marked the arrival of what has become The Physics’ signature musical sensibility: classy, irreverent and catchy as all hell, followed by Three Piece (2010), which ventured into non-rap altogether.
In August 2011, the group released Love is a Business, which ranked no. 1 on both KEXP’s hip hop and variety charts for eight weeks, and has been recognized by media outlets like NPR, The Seattle Times, and BBC. The Stranger’s Larry Mizell, Jr. wrote: LIAB “might well be one of the greatest ensemble works Seattle hip hop has produced, and it’s undeniably one of the best things to come out of this town in years.”
Tomorrow People, the third full-length album from the trio recently dropped August 2012. Getting back to straight raps, beats, and hooks, the LP features some of Seattle’s best like Jake One, Sol, Grynch, Vitamin D., J. Pinder, and more. "Tomorrow People" recently spent four weeks straight at no. 1 on KEXP’s hip hop charts, and following a successful Kickstarter campaign, was featured on the front page of NPR.org.
Digital Wildlife is about the relationship between digital and analog. Today, our lives take place so much within the digital domain, but our humanness rears itself throughout. The production and recording follow the same theme: we’re mixing electronic sounds and analog production elements, and we’re recording the album digitally, later to be bounced to analog tape.
The Physics have performed at Sasquatch!, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, and every major nightclub in Seattle. In the fall of 2012, after the release of Tomorrow People, they embarked on The Tomorrow People tour garnering new fans across the nation. In December of 2012, they joined the Blue Scholars for their 2nd national tour, performing in major cities along the west coast, debuting in Chicago, and ending with a sold out show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.