Sonic Week 4.17: Skin Up
No, you. You do it better. This week is all about fav hip hop tracks from the past few weeks, from the only genre that truly doesn’t give a shit about detailing the smokable inspiration lining a day in crew life.
Danny Brown re-releases a new version of “Contra” produced by Mello Music Group’s star beatmaker Apollo Brown, and a freshly chopped remix by 20syl of Schoolboy Q is packed with sample energy, completely transforming the original release. Continuing in hip hop’s track-by-track collaborative nature: vocals by Spooky Black, raps by Bobby Raps and production by Psymun create the wallowing trance theme of “Blind”: “I hate this, I’m extra anxious/Life isn’t a bitch life is a waitress get it served how you order no complaining/I’m just trying to make tips, get some game quick/And tell the homies that I break bread with all the same shit.”
Boogie reeks of apathy upon first impressions, but it turns out all of the “I don’t give no fucks” come from a severe distaste for social media- it scatters throughout: “Man I swear twitter turned lyin’ into talent/Until then I’m gonna try and find a balance.” Jonwayne never fails to disappoint in lyrics or grave, rolling flow, and his collab with Oliver The 2nd holds up so long as darkness rises. Sultry SZA and Chance’s creative flow on “Childs Play” are meshed so well by XXYYXX’s beat, it’s best lived on repeat. Stank Face Records continues to make a name for its players almost daily- Loud Mouth’s new album single and production debut “MOFONGO” raises gain over a siren trap backing- this track finds fame in quick rap game.
L’Orange and Blu lead the cinematic sample album The Orchid Days with “Need You,” and Disclosure lays down lucid loop production for the young and talented Bishop Nehru. While “You Stressin” is a huge step for Nehru, he sees stronger days on tracks like MF DOOM collab “Elder Blossoms”: “I thought you were a lady/Didn’t give it up daily/And only enjoy boys who didn’t like mainstream/Well I do, and this is nothing new/But looks like this life I ain’t living for you/I know that you in love, but baby that sounds through/When the size don’t fit, so why would I wear the shoe/This ain’t a love song so I’mma skip bars, rip hard, grip stars then dip off/Peace.” To finish, The Palmer Squares’ Term K raps- maybe he even sings a little too- over a mashed summer Purrple track, leaving you inadvertently humming “Mr Sandman” to all your lunchtime whistling lolly friends.
**BOOGIE IS ON LEAVE BUT HE’LL BE BACK**