Super fantastic! That’s what my ears shouted when I came across unreleased mixtape tracks from KID CUDI. Already a fan of his legit retail albums — Man on The Moon I & II, I couldn’t help but to go hunting for more songs from this prodigy producer.
In many ways KID CUDI’s music can’t fit neatly into the Hip-Hop genre. Some of his stuff is just plain experimental, progressive pop or instrumental electronica, the likes of which would make J DILLA proud.
While full of braggadocio, a standard approach in the rap world, KID CUDI (aka Scott Mescudi) also explores insecurities and personal challenges in a way that feels charming and new. His retail albums absorbed the majority of the autobiographical storytelling, while his mixtapes focus on his ability to produce rock solid instrumentals and flow seamlessly over beats.
AZEALIA BANKS sings, raps and makes suggestively offensive noises on her track 212 featuring LAZY JAY. It’s all flirting and fighting, sex and threats, but that works for me. Notice the heavy drum-n-bass techniques applied to hip-hop production. What a fantastic mix mash of styles, which somewhat remind me of THE CLIPSE’s agressive synth beats.
No, it’s not duck season or rabbit season. Rather, it’s time to sample Tex Avery cartoons and apply some super massive dubstep drops to the Elmer Fudd and his trigger-happy self. MISSHIN rocks the remix with style and grace. Z-Props to whoever re-edited the animation. This track bangs like a 30 foot gong.
Glitch-Hop is a funny little label for such a diverse genre of music. TORO Y MOI do a fantastic job applying a’80s R&B persona to the new glitchy category based on heavy crossfade action with manically altering beats and truncated samples. Very danceable stuff.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, like a lot of pop rock, sound great when remixed as dnb or dubstep. Again, already great tracks live an extended life when the YouTube musical democracy gets at it. Rude internet trolls don’t always have the best taste in music, still the voting remix/mashup community can really critique and even encourage new beats. Listen to FEED ME’s remix of “What you Know.”