December 27, 2016

Spaceghostpurrp - Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991) (...2011)


It's only five years later and I think the masses are already starting to realize just how monumental this mixtape is when held up to all of hip hop history. If Blackland isn't what started the all-caps 'phonk' age and Pen-N-Pixel revivalism with Memphis and C&S motifs, then it is at least the epicenter for almost all of the imitations you'll see today. I don't mean to blatantly disrespect anybody who has followed Spaceghostpurrp's footsteps, as there are some mean-ass mixtapes fueled by 90s nostalgia, but it's hard to come up with anybody who entirely shares Purrp's originality, wit, and vision (maybe you can give credit to Lil Ugly Mane, but that isn't my style at all). As the title suggests, Blackland functions as a fucked up radio mix transmission from the codeine nether. Nothing is organized here: all of the tracks hit you at drastically different volumes, Purrp turns digital audio clipping into the 2010s equivalent of the vinyl 'popping' fetish, the drums are coarse and pumped up, and it's all tied together by obnoxious spamming of video game sound effects. A lot is achieved with synth presets most people have never heard before and trap programming hard enough to break the fuck out of Flockaveli. People criticize Spaceghostpurrp's rapping, but I honestly don't have the slightest problem with it. His voice is always perfect whether he's droning, mumbling, or yelling and the dude is consistently on point when it comes to snapping off a verse or chorus for a track. The majority of people will probably call this his finest work to date--something I can totally respect, but I am slow to pull the trigger on that claim because BMW and the NASA Mixtape are out of this world as well and those were my go-to bump music in high school. Regardless, I think Blackland Radio might be the most unapologetic, unforgiving outsider music sensation that will live on as a quintessential 2010's rap album.

Sample

Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991)