Wednesday, February 8, 2012
In case you haven't been paying attention, Soulja Boy has basically become a genius
Okay, since you're reading this blog you probably remember "Crank Dat" and basically nothing else (and probably despise the very existence of the individual who made it on principle.) Well, I'm making this post to inform you that the shit that Soulja Boy is making these days actually sounds like the above track more often than not. Drugged-out, shoegazey washes of synths and light, distant percussion forming a gentle, ocean-like bed of music for stream-of-consciousness rapping to drift over in an equally airy, imprecise manner. Basically, black rappers are taking stuff from white hipsters and applying it to hip-hop and creating something utterly brilliant, beautiful, and enthralling out of the ingredients.
The above track is actually just one example of the rapidly growing "based" style of hip-hop (also getting referred to as "cloud rap" in some circles.) I'm super into it at the moment, and if there are enough weirdos who comment on this post who are interested in this development in hip-hop, I'd be happy to give a primer on the who, what, and why of it.