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.

32 comments:

  1. lmfao. this is why nobody takes you seriously noktorn

    anything to seem more contrary and hipstertwee than the rest of the pack i guess

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    1. lol yeah, expressing approval of a multi-millionaire rapper is def contrary

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    2. you're being disingenuous, you know how "uncool" and trollish it is to deconstruct and intellectualize an artist closer to lady gaga or katy perry than "real" music. and that's exactly why you decided to. it helps support this "unpredictable, ironic curmudgeon" persona

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    3. in less words, 'hey, pitchfork would do this'

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    4. hardly. a lot of people have hard-ons for the based style, which has resulted in a pretty large number of high-minded appraisals of lil b and the like. if anything, i'm late to the game. and if you seriously think that no one has deconstructed and intellectualized lady gaga, you seriously need more experience with music criticism in general, because that shit has been so done to death that it's basically more popular than calling her just a bullshit pop artist.

      in less words, your understanding of mainstream music criticism is so slim that you fail to realize that appraisals like the above are literally the rule rather than the exception these days, so saying that i'm being deliberately contrary makes absolutely no sense.

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    5. "if you seriously think that no one has deconstructed and intellectualized lady gaga, you seriously need more experience with music criticism in general,"

      Of course they have, lay off the straw men. It's just that anyone who has is either payed to, or is trying to construct some e-image like you

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    6. it's pretty common in cultural criticism to put more time and effort into deconstructing the broader, more popular players in it since they're the ones that impact the most people, but feel free to get pissed over the fact that there's more in-depth essays written about the simpsons than twin peaks i guess.

      btw, really, who's making the straw men here

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  2. P.S. i heard oldschool death metal DIDN'T use cartoonish B movie imagery? and that razorback is making it up? tell me mooooore

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    1. Is this the long-awaited return of Butthurt Razorback Records Guy?

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  3. As if our post-Wagner chat wasn't enough, the sheer fact that you also blog about Souljaboy has just sold me on your blog.

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    1. and upon re-reading that sentence, I find I seem to be redundantly using the word blog too often when I could be using others. but that's my new self-conscious language problem, not yours.

      I'm just waiting for a terrible "Based" Metal/Punk/Whatever mimic trend to emerge - after which we'll all have to start pretending we didn't pay to attend Lil B gigs and shit last year.

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    2. thanks dude! sadly this Souljaboy post is not my work. that's Noah, my collaborator. you gotta check the name at the bottom. my latest is the sort of rant-y post below. but yeah man, since you are into the gnarly hip hop as well as the "extreme music" this is definitely a blog for you! Noah loves Lil B, and I'm pretty sure did a post on him a while back. Search for it!

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    3. super curious what "based" metalcore would sound like. i am guessing awesome.

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    4. ha! perfect. now I get it. should have dawned on me this was a collaborative affair.

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  4. talking about ipads and getting payed over shitty shoegaze synths and bloated bass = PURE TRANSCENDENT ART

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    1. it's more honest than proclamation at least

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  5. was hoping I'd hate this so I could be angry at something but i actually kinda enjoyed that.

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  6. this is hilariously horrible

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  7. I'll give it to you that the music is original, but his rapping is still awful. If his lyrics were a fraction less retarded and his voice wasn't so loud in the mix, I might actually listen to this.

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  8. "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."

    This is a pretty charitable way to say "rappers are stealing from shoegaze now".

    Cloud rap. fuckin lol

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    1. don't care, rappers can steal from shoegaze all they like if they're making great music as a result

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    2. absolutely, everyone has the right to be as derivative as they like and everyone has the right to enjoy the results. but when the results are so goddamn cynical I can't help but wonder how anyone enjoys it

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    3. besides gullibility

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  9. Also, this shit is as old as the dawn of the music biz. It's called mainstream appropriation. Nine Inch Nails did it to industrial, hair metal bands did it to metal, Nirvana did it to punk, etc. etc...

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    1. don't care, NIN and nirvana both made at least some great music that i'd rather listen to more than most of the "real" bands in the genres they stole from

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  10. I think that it is ridiculous that so many people are bashing Noktorn because he likes a soulja boy song. Hating music based on the genre is retard, all you're doing is giving into a predisposed disposition rather than actually listening to music. The idea behind "cloud rap" is pretty cool and unique, that doesn't mean you have to like it. I am actually pretty interested in checking out "lil b" now because of this post.

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    1. I'm the guy who was arguing with him most, and I actually like hip-hop, so shove the "judging on genre" thing up yer cheese hole. This is the shit that gives the genre a bad name.

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  11. I had never heard about this particular branch, but I do enjoy what you posted here, so I'd definitely like hearing your guide to it.

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  12. Y'all haven't posted anything in a while, so I'll just leave this here...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_wlA_AdW74

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    1. lmao npbody could possibly like this garbage except white people

      noktorn write a positive review about it

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