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Bad Habitat / Bio

“ A high-energy rap trio that bounces from carefree bars to intense syllable-play with the dexterity of young Mario, the group is a favorite in Portland's underground rap scene.”

Fahiym B. Acuay - The Oregonian

“...this band is amazing. A true show stopper, their three-front attack is unrelenting... Driving with an unequaled momentum this band controlled the stage and had the house enthralled... If you haven’t checked out this band do yourself a favor and pop over to their website...”

Mark A. Lawrence IV - By The Light of the Stereo

“These guys have a strong dynamic together, between harder verses and humor, and clearly they have a great time throwing down for their crowd…”

Daniel M Landolt-Hoene, Oregon Music News

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Bad Habitat is the hip-hop equivalent of The Three Musketeers, with the swagger of a young Rat Pack, and a style all their own. Forming early in the summer of 2008, Dru Manchu, Flawless, and Matt Murdock have since stolen hundreds of shows, amassed a loyal fan base, and built a reputation as one of the hardest working groups in Portland, Oregon's ever growing hip hop scene. Intent on making intelligent, yet high energy music, Bad Habitat has developed an aggressive, progressive sound that incorporates real life lyricism mixed with over the top braggadocio and an original flavor of beats (primarily provided in-house by members Flawless and Matt Murdock). Drawing influences from multiple genres, ranging from punk and classic rock to early hip hop, indie funk and 80′s pop, Bad Habitat has created a hybrid of styles rolled into an easily accessible sound that would feel just as natural blasting from a frat party as it would rocking a mosh pit!

Although hip-hop at its core, their influences from a variety of genres have resulted in a sound that shatters the traditional genre confines of what constitutes hip-hop, while remaining true and respectful to the roots of the art form. It's pub pop with rap vocals; the perfect soundtrack for a night of intelligent debauchery. From true heads to casual hip hop fans, punk rockers to teeny boppers, Bad Habitat has managed to find firm footing on a previously undiscovered common ground, bridging the gaps between genres that have no rightful place blending together. Yet somehow, they’ve managed to make it work.

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“Their wonderfully refreshing sound has the energy of classic hip-hop without relinquishing any street cred. With powerfully tight verses delivered with point blank precision this local trio is gaining well deserved attention.”

Mark A. Lawrence IV - By The Light of the Stereo

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Armed with a well polished, high energy live show, aggressive delivery and creative rhymes, Bad Habitat boasts a resume that includes sharing the stage with some of the most respected mainstream and independent hip hop acts in the game, including Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick, Pharoahe Monch, Masta Ace, RA The Rugged Man, The Alchemist, Rahzel, Canibus, Bizzy Bone, Sir Mix-A-Lot, King Gordy, Gift of Gab, Del the Funky Homosapien, Awol-One, 2Mex, The Shapeshifters, LMNO, Kev Brown, Digital Underground, Abstract Rude, Living Legends, The Bayliens, The Beatnuts, and more, as well as many notable acts from their home region of the Pacific Northwest, including local heavyweights Macklemore, Common Market, Sandpeople, The Chicharones, Grayskul, and Cool Nutz. Not content to remain idle for long, Bad Habitat has rocked crowds up and down the West Coast, from The Bay to Seattle, and is constantly expanding their reach to untreaded territories… and beyond.

General Info

Band Members
Flawless, Dru Manchu, Matt Murdock AKA Trafek AKA Damian Grey
Artist Name
Bad Habitat
Profile Page
Active Since
Hip Hop / Indie / Underground

Contact Info

Portland, OR
Anthony Sanchez

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