I think I am going to need to prelude this writeup by saying that I do not pop xannies and do not condone the abuse of prescription medication. The purpose of this tape is simply to highlight a growing trend in rap music. It is not surprising that the effects of the 21st century prescription drug culture has trickled into the rap scene, and I would argue that much like Wiz Khalifa makes certifiably dank weed rap, artists like Lucki Eck$ and Jimmy Prime (formerly Jimmy Johnson) make “xanny rap.” As you will notice, the mix is not all rap music. I tried to space out the journey and the rewards of hearing some of the trippiest rap music being made (Also, “Lilly” by Toro y Moi is a wave). If you’re an impatient bastard, tracks 11 through 14 show the heart of the phenomena.
When I’m off all these bars I should be behind some bars
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 6 (“Lilly” by toro y moi)
demo taped is Adam Alexander, a 17-year-old native of Atlanta who is more Jai Paul or Chaz Bundick than current ATL mainstays like Young Thug or Raury. In February he released his Heart EP, which was quickly embraced by the online music establishment. The EP’s three tracks were jubilant, distorted declarations of love. The main criticism of the project was that it was too much like Jai Paul. demo taped needed to find a sound that was solely his own. “Not Enough” is a step in the right direction. Alexander let his voice take the spotlight, and it makes for a much more accessible and unique sound that leans in Toro y Moi territory without crossing the boundary.
Two of my favorite movies are Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. Both movies are set in affluent areas of California, which I’ve sort of been obsessed with lately. Not to get too weird but the complex relationships had by young adult children of stupid rich families fascinate me.
So I set out to make a mix that sounds like the hills of the ‘Basas.
It started in Hollywood…
*SoundCloud mix is missing track 11 (“Bellyintro” by Lord Byron) and track 23 (“L$D” by A$AP Rocky)