It may be rainy-dreary-cruddy here (“here” = moral-artistic-capitalistic center of universe), but that didn’t stop me from making a summer mix. Just some stuff I’ve been listening to a lot lately. It’s pretty good, whatever. The last eight, ten months have been awesome for music, especially rappy pop or poppy rap, which most of this stuff is. You can download it here.
To get into it a little bit (this is a seam - can you tell?), I think there’s a lot of cool shit going on lately. Cloud rap is apparently really taking off since, I believe, it’s entirely predicated on stuff, ahem, old white people listen to. Ie, new age music. So ofc. it would end up influencing the style of music that would make money someday. Gen Y is the new baby boomer generation, statistically speaking and drug-speaking as well. Weed and valium (or xanax in this case) predominate, and everyone wants to be in Mad Men. Instead of jazzbo soulcats that are the cool others, though, here it’s bay area cloud rappers. I guess that’s fine. I’m certainly making absolutely zero claim to authenticity or authority. But speaking to the generational cohort, I would just like to say: “Remember the baby boomers and how much you might think they suck.”
I think “Foreign Shit” - even though I don’t listen to it a lot - has almost supplanted “Rack City” as my favorite rap song of the year.
If you’re laying in a park drinking box wine taking pictures of the sky there’s no better music for you than Julianna Barwick. I had originally tried to make this mix like an Ouroboros (I’ll be able to spell that someday without googling it) so that the last song would be chill enough to fad back into the first song, but that didn’t work out. Anywhichway, maybe she should produce some songs for kitty pryde? That would be OK with me.
The bounce-snap-ping production style is certainly great for a lot of activities that physiologically resemble “bounce-snap-ping”. “Stupid Hoe” creates action in a reverse-onomatopoetic manner.
We all know that Future made the best rap-ish album of the year.
- Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
- kitty pryde - JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!!
- Lil B - Worldwide
- Future - Astronaut Chick
- Future - Turn On the Lights
- Charli XCX - Nuclear Seasons
- A$AP Rocky - Palace (Prod. By Clams Casino)
- kitty pryde - okay cupaid (prod Beautiful Lou)
- Kanye West - I Don’t Like (Remix) Ft. Pusha T, Chief Keef, Big Sean, Jadakiss
- Waka Flocka Flame - Foreign Shit
- Tyga - Rack City
- Santigold - Freak Like Me
- Kool A.D. - Manny Pacquiao [prod. by Trackademics]
- Nicki Minaj - Stupid Hoe
- Drake - Crew Love (Feat. The Weeknd) (Produced By Illangelo, The Weeknd & 40)
- Kilo Kish - You’re Right
- Azealia Banks - 212
- Grimes - Oblivion
- Icona Pop - I Love It
I made the cover by manipulating a painting by Ho-Ryon Lee.