Based on probability alone, most people are bad for you. The problem is my generation is so antisocial that they cling to any semblance of familiarity. Familiarity, oftentimes, is also bad for you. This mixtape documents that internal struggle between the comfort of familiarity and the drab of routine. I miss new feelings. In order to experience newness, you first have to acknowledge how damn easy it is to be sucked into unhealthy but familiar tendencies, and then you have to fight those urges. Progress comes from the fight for novelty.
On a different note, “Vic Mensa sang beautifully on a Kanye West song” is not a thought I ever imagined I’d have. But on “Wolves” Vic croons, “I’m just bad (bad, bad) for you,” and it’s the most affecting part of the song (along with the haunting sounds that follow his verse). This mixtape is in part an ode to the perfection of that song. It’s my attempt to channel the same energy of “Wolves” into an entire mixtape that doesn’t include the song itself.
And I was only trying to make it
*SoundCloud mix missing track 7 (“Home” by Heems), track 8 (“The Death, The Funeral” by Sean Leon), and track 19 (“Stay Down” by Big Sean) — so basically, download the entire thing below.
Every few months in hip-hop, there is a slight changing of the guard. Chance The Rapper is the latest artist to graduate from the blogs to mass market success. Now, there is this gap waiting to be filled and an endless army of aspiring young rappers vying for the spot. We last heard young Kevin Abstract in his feature with SITR favorite Planetarian. In celebration of his 17th birthday, the MC is releasing “As I Am,” a smooth joint featuring Chi-town rappers Alex Wiley and Wonda. Let me just tell you: with a little more work, any of these guys could take that spot.