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Pitchfork: Spaceghostpurrp – Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991)


Yeah, this. It’s pretty much exactly the kind of music I want to hear all day every day, and I think it’s really vital music that, though steeped in tradition–-but a very weird and really specific tradition–-is updating and twisting and turning the hazy, fuzzy early 90s Memphis tape sound in creative interesting ways. It’s hardly derivative. Also, I think its important to identify and admit that Spaceghostpurrp and others as pretty much just bringing a chillwave sensibility to hip-hop (I’d label this shit “trillwave” if there weren’t already a corny Hood Internet mix with that name), which also means that all y’all scouring Tumblr for the most obscure rapper/producer are the rap equivalent of Chocolate Bobka or whatever. Think about that before you try to break the next, next, next, next big thing.

Though nobody’s idea of the next big thing, Spaceghostpurrp, a 20-year-old from Miami who makes hypnagogic stripper anthems, received a strange co-sign from L.A. Weekly’s blog: They called him “Odd Future’s Cosmic Cousin.” To be clear, Spaceghostpurrp will not make a game-changing appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, and outside of being another young skate kid fascinated by video games and Satan, he doesn’t have much in common with Tyler and company. If a comparison must be drummed-up to sell this very weird, really good, but inarguably niche stuff, let’s go with “Clam Casino’s evil druggie drop-out cousin from the South”…

Written by Brandon

June 2nd, 2011 at 5:48 am

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  1. I like this too, but I wish you went in on the rapping a little more, which I think takes away from the tape just a bit. You didn’t really engage with the misogyny here and that’s disappointing considering you’ve been discussing that lately.

    Misogyny aside though, this dude is a little uninteresting. I agree that the beats are a fresh and sorta fun revision of classic Three 6, but the rhymes are purely pastiche shit with no personality injected in there. He follows his inspirations too closely.


    3 Jun 11 at 6:24 am

  2. Yeah, I think you’re right, though he mostly just tries to engage with this Southern rap style that doesn’t ask him to do much. Also, “Lil Wayne meets Lil B” certainly isn’t praise! I think towards the end of the tape when it goes like NYC rap, he handles his own. But yeah, I see his rapping as another sound here, I don’t think he’s trying to wow people too much.


    3 Jun 11 at 3:51 pm

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