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Frodie Wapikiya / Press

“ On his new album, Petals of a Rose, Frodie finds a million different adages and metaphors—including the rose—to tell us life's too short. Here's the thing: The rose as a metaphor has withered. It's been plucked. It has faded. Let's mulch it once and for all. (Okay, I'm done.) The album also brims with sayings like "Never give up" and "Time is precious" that really belong framed on some depressed accountant's office wall, not on a rap album. That said, the Missoula rapper from Wapikiya Records is talented, without a doubt. Sifting through some of the tired phrases, you'll find smart details about spring water journeying through the Rocky Mountains, milk and cookies, pot and Jesus. Instead of b.s.ing his way through stories about glocks and millionaire parties, Frodie embraces Montana, and that's what makes him feel real. It helps that he can spit out ly”

“Missoula loves it some hip-hop. Local fans already know about the genre's tight grip on the Missoula music scene: Tech N9ne regularly stops here during his tour schedule, Sage Francis riled crowds at a sold-out show at the Palace back in May, and Atmosphere is slated for back-to-back performances at the Wilma in September. It may take an anecdotal backseat to local jam bands and bluegrass, but hip-hop covers as much ground as a Cadillac Escalade in these rural parts. And now hip-hop's reached out to a new part of the local scene—the ballpark. We're of course talking about the latest addition to the Missoula Osprey game-day soundtrack: the rap stylings of one Jeffrey "Frodie" Harmon of Wapikiya Records. His original track "Brought My Glove" now opens pretty much every game, and "Can't Touch Our Pitcher" is the stadium's new way of introducing the first pitch. The Yankees play Sinatra. The Red Sox play "Dirty Water." The Osprey chose Frodie. MORE AT THE WEB LINK...”

“The Sky is the Limit, I've never been big on hip-hop that's heavy on bragging, smack talking or discussing money and partying. I usually gravitate toward artists like Busdriver or El-P, rappers who blaze their own trail by spitting tangled rhymes on a host of heady topics. That said, the newest comp from Missoula's Wapikiya Records borrows a bit from braggadocio-styled rap, but expands its reach into lyrical themes beyond the genre's norm. It's a refreshing change from their previous release, especially on cuts like "Yes We Can" and "No More Poverty," both of which weave themes of societal unity and social justice with club-friendly beats. The label also veers into love on "Hate to See You Away" and set their sights on ambition with "Sweet Dreams." Wapikiya's roster of MCs, including Frodie, Overtime, Pallas and others, splits rapping styles between straight rhymes to double-time Bone Thugs and Harmony-esque flows.”

“ALL IN THE FAMILY, On this 19-track compilation, Wapikiya Records offers locally flavored gangsta rap that’s heavy on bragging rights, tales of street life and partying hard. In fact, ardent fans of 50 Cent, Eazy-E and The Game will find something to gnaw on with this release. But if you’ve never been particularly fond of those rappers, All in the Family probably won’t suit your tastes since it’s so closely linked to that style. The gangsta rap influence comes across strongest on cuts like “A Hood Day”—aka, a weekday that includes bottles of malt liquor, a game of craps and late-night sex—or on tracks like “She’s on Fiya,” an ode to strippers. This compilation meanders into broader lyrical territory, too, such as the loss of friends (“Pour A Lil Liquor”) and supporting American troops (“American Soldier”), but it’s mostly situated in the traditional gangsta realm. Overtime, Frodie, Pookie and Young Jay—demonstrate honed lyrical styles.”

“ALL IM GONNA BE, The debut solo album from local MC/producer Frodie stands as a fairly strong offering for a first release. Frodie both makes and freaks the beats with classic pseudo-gangsta swagger, fending off foes, haters and doubters (both real and imagined) with his laidback grooves. Frodie discovers his forte on tracks like “Driftin’ Away” (featuring Holy Fam) with a Bone Thugs in Harmony-styled double time flow that stays on point. He flexes sincere storytelling skills on “Don’t Go” (featuring Cordell and LeJit), providing anecdotal composition that could easily pass for the storytelling style utilized by West Coast rapper/singer Nate Dogg. MORE AT THE WEB LINK..”