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)
“The End” is the latest and greatest release from Orange Country rapper Wes Period. Actually, this is the first I have heard of him, but judging by past releases on his SoundCloud, “The End” is a real turning point for the young MC. Sunset favorite Olivver sounds as slick as ever on the chorus while Wes lays down some powerful, personal bars that elevate the song from your run-of-the-mill pop tune to a legitimate rap anthem.
Check out “Highs & Lows,” which, interestingly, is produced by the indie band Lovelife.