Feature: Kid Crust Beachlord


2017 sees the establishment of an epoch of rap music in which all the backpackers are either deep online, completely ignored by the tasteful mainstream, or dead. Rap fans can still respect the lyricism and thinking-manness of artists like Aesop Rock and Mos Def sans holier-than-though mentality. The lyrical, bedroom emotion thought output that came out of the death of backpack supported lots of interesting ideas.

The output and overall career of Clarence “Corky” Vanhouden King IV, AKA King Crust BeachLord is a sign of these times. Crust delivers a lyric-centric, confessional take on mid 2000’s indie rap. His material vibes with energies about girls, fame, shame and bad times, all in a flow that reads like an overstuffed bookshelf. This is music for people who were dedicated to Astronautalis’s The Mighty Ocean and Nine Dark theaters and Why?’s Elephant Eyelash, and that’s what make’s Kid Crust’s music important. The same nostalgia that has Emo Nights selling out all up and down the West Coast, a desire to return the the last music that made us feel something.

The man himself presents an intense mix of stimulus. Corky King came from a nonmusical, but still creative, blue collar house North of Seattle. His musical upbringing came from borrowed CD’s played through a walkman. His inspirations came heavy from the likes of bands like They Might Be Giants, The Mountain Goats and Bright Eyes as much as it was motivated by The GZA, Aesop Rock, and Deltron 3030. It was around the same time King learned and started playing guitar.