A down-to-earth Southerner with a refined and unique aesthetic and an eye on the stars, Palm Beach’s Eric Biddines makes approachable future-rap, grounded in real emotions and the Southern Rap tradition. Today, Eric Biddines focuses on issues and characters in his South Florida community in the eclectic and eccentric The Local Cafe, his fifth studio album. Bouncing from Southern-fried trunk rattlers to electro-funk R&B-style jams with ease, Eric’s quirky personality shines through the space age, yet organic, production as he weaves grounded stories about his neighborhood with tales from “planetcoffeebean,” his coffee-based utopia. The Local Cafe is an in-depth exploration of life for an African-American in Palm Beach County, rich with minute details and lived-in experiences illustrated by Eric’s precise wordplay and intricate songwriting.
Explains Eric Biddines, “The Local Cafe theme is set within the community. It’s a work created for the people with an emphasis on my personal love for coffee and humans. I really wanted to appreciate small local businesses and how they add positivity to their environment. The album is an extension of my previous solo project planetcoffeebean 2. I feel that I nailed a pocket where I balanced out my multiple characteristics in one package, which is something I struggled with in the past. I enjoy having a contrast to things I do so it’s important that it’s understood and I don’t come across messy. I was very hands on producing 5 of the 16 tracks arranging others and bringing in additional live instruments.”