I am not going to talk about flowers in this writeup. The name of the tape is more of a feeling. This is morning at the beach music. You can start your day with any of the first 13 tracks — preferably in the arranged order. After track 13, the mix veers into darker territory. It is like when the high wears off, and you realize that the summer is coming to an end.
And the flower is dead. Sorry, just needed one flower reference for it all to make sense. And the beginning is like the flower of love, blooming. Ugh, gosh, sorry… two.
I know enough about being high to know you my ultimate drug
There is a reason coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and Palo Alto all revolve around the same three things: sex, drugs, and youth. The reason is that they are one and same. This is the mixtape that understands that.
Much like those coming-of-age films, it is about not letting the little things bother you and seeing the bigger picture in a small town setting. It is about having the clearest ideas under the cloudiest circumstances and about dark times from which you rise above. It’s about getting really, really high and staying there for a week. It is about traveling to a foreign city and fucking shit up with your friends. It’s about the things you can only do when you’re young. Or maybe it’s just the soundtrack.
Don’t tell my momma I’ve been smoking
We are the loneliest generation. And I’m starting to accept that. Because it’s a beautiful loneliness. It’s a loneliness where we are both interconnected and isolated by our own devices. The chasm between reality and fantasy is shrinking. The internet allows us to develop personas, and man, these personas are perfect people. We have perfect opinions on every controversial event. And we are artists. And we have ideas for Kanye. It’s dumb but feels better than reality. We are alone together as an escape from just being alone. What we don’t realize is that being alone together is a lot sadder than just being alone.
So I made a really sad mixtape.
Note: SoundCloud does not have the first track of the mix (“Wound” by Arca), and the transition between that track and Tunji Ige’s “Song of the Night” is the best thing ever. So I’d recommend you download the mix (below) for that.
Chillin’ playing Lupe, feeling all alone, ain’t seen you in two Tuesdays
Metropolis is not the reinvention of the wheel. But Ramsay Almighty has ideas and things to say and a platform from which to say them. This mixtape is a foundation–an argument–to add Ramsay’s name to the growing list of talented youth. There are songs here that might remind you of Big Sean (“Money Meeting”) or Drake (“Do It”), but Ramsay’s conscious decision to implement ultra specific details and shifty choruses makes these tracks undeniably his. It’s a statement and a warning of what the post-Kanye generation can do. Welcome to Metropolis.
Ramsay Almighty is a Canadian rapper who is slowly developing his own sound. On “Super Villain” his flow bounces around over an equally enjoyable beat, and like my other favorite song of his, “Vampire,” it has this mysteriously dark undertone. The song is the most recent single from his upcoming mixtape Metropolis. Add this one to your Halloween party playlist.
Ramsay Almighty is an artist from Waterloo, Ontario, and just like Skizzy Mars and Jon Waltz he sounds like his music inspirations. But like his counterparts, he takes the best features from his heroes and adds pieces of himself to the mix. You hear Drake’s fast rapping and Cudi’s half-rapping, half-singing, half-moaning thing (I know), and you also hear Ramsay Almighty belting the hook and adding quirks to his verse. Anyway, “Vampire” is a (summer) jam, and the video is pretty dope, too.