Some people like to bemoan the current hip hop zeitgeist as it continues to move away from poetry and consciousness, and more toward the abstract and raw emotion. The DJ/producer, originally the main act in hip hop, has returned to prominence with the rapper shifting back towards their role as emcee, the ringmaster of the moment. In this instance, DJ Carnage fully harnesses ILoveMakonnen’s style in an electrifying fusion of massive production and abstract delivery. There may not be a message, it’s certainly not conscious, but god damn it feels fucking fantastic. I LIKE TUH!
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Two guys that I’ve gotten to know a little bit since moving to the Great White North are Montreal producers Thomas White and Dear Lola. Together they’ve founded the RAW Records label, and stand as a prime example of the immense talent in our local music scene. This time around they’re teaming up to release a new EP in December featuring remixes from the rest of the RAW Records family. This Rae Sremmurd remix is just a taste of what’s to come, plus it makes for some great Sunday afternoon introspection. You’ll be hard pressed to not have “bad bitches! red cups with the ice!” stuck in your head for the rest of the week.
If you’re local, they’re kicking up a monthly event series called #SSEENN, with the first show on November 22nd at The Blue Dog.
I’m a little upset that I find myself here, now, about to even make this post. As one of the vanguards of chillwave, Toro y Moi (in my personal, critical opinion) represents everything that was awful and boring about indie rock over the last few years. That said I guess all Chazwick (ugh) Bundick needed to make actually good music was reverting to another moniker. He’s got an album coming as Les Sins, and this single release shows a lot of promise in what that might hold. “Talk About” is a dope mix of hip hop and house that could easily be set on loop for hours.
Must have been sleeping on this one, since this remixed version of OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” featuring 2 Chainz is the first I’ve heard of it. Yet, the young Atlanta rapper is apparently blowing up right now, with the original track charting on Billboard shortly after its release. The last year or two has seen an uptick in these kinds of concept rappers, taking on new flow styles and experimental beats. This remix is the next step in that direction, with a dissonant beat that OG Maco and 2 Chainz wrap and warp perfectly with their deliveries.