We like how our friend at Roofless describes it:
"...(Crow Kids) documents a running dialogue between producer Hydroplane and MC Nived3rdEyeMonster. Neither the raps nor the instrumentals are platforms for the other, but are instead engaged in a bit of musical give and take. Hydroplane flexes his glitch-pop pedigree and Nived matches the generally spastic audio with a creeping, slithery, well-pronounced cadence that it isn't quite thug, nerd, backpacker or, really, anywhere on the existing contiuum of hip-hop vocalists. All the synthetic bells and whistles get pulled out and a couple numbers ("Shooting Star" in particular) seem to take a (well appreciated on our end) page from straight up pop music."
Nived-N-Hydro is the result of a collaborative experiment between producer/musician Hydroplane (Renzo Gorrio), and MC/artist Nived 3rd Eye Monster (Devin Ruiz). At the time of the duo's conception, Renzo was producing mostly experimental electronic music, progressive rock, and gangster rap. Devin had been hustling and flowing since a young, artistic hoodlum, and his lyrics and art were increasingly being influenced by a psychedelic lifestyle. The two got together in Renzo's lab one day and KABOOM!!! A swift, progressive blend of freestyle, idm, hip hop, pop, and gangster-dance arose from the ashes.
For fans of MF Doom, Mouse on Mars, Kool Keith, and Dose One.