One of the oft-quoted criticisms of this website is that we rarely spread our collective net to incorporate genres outside of our comfort zone. Personally, growing up on the mean streets of rural Lincolnshire, a rap was something my maths teacher gave me over the knuckles for failing to appeciate the finer points of calculus. So in a brave attempt to challenge convention I have crossed over to the dark side, cue Young Thug and his superstar DJ aquaintance, Carnage.
‘Homie’ is released ahead of the forthcoming EP Young Martha (out on September 22nd) and if this teaser is to be believed, the EP will be a full on assault of the senses. Young Thug has a timbre all of his own, how he hasn’t severely damaged his throat by now with such a gravel-inflected growl I don’t know but if anyone from Strepsils is reading, you may want to offer him some sponsorship.
The track hurtles along and apart from the occasional bit of effing and jeffing, together with a mention of bagels, you could easily dismiss ‘Homie’. But there’s something disturbing about the track, the combination of a sinister vocal delivery underpinned by an eerie church organ has lads eschewing usual hip=hop convention and going for an altogether more gothic feel. If that doesn’t convince you then check out the YouTube video which merely adds to the nightmarish vision.
Proof, if it were really needed, that much of the exciting, experimental sounds are currently eminating from the hip-hop scene even if lyrically I haven’t the foggiest what’s going on.
‘Homie’ is out now