Eat Your Beaties: Vol. 14

I really, really, really, honestly don’t really care a lot about this round of beaties.  The only thing special about this round of beaties is that they are the last set that comes before my birthday and will kick off a whole new year of possibilities  for me (maybe I’ll finally lose my virginity or even get my first kiss [I'm really not that hard girls {just no ugly girls plz ((email me if interested))}]!!).  Start your February right with some Britney, bitch, feel good party music from beaties sensei Slam Skillet, astral meditations from Gamera, g funk experimentation from stillcold and a beat from lo-fi, cloud-rapper Khalil Nova.  After the jump, bitch.

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Enjoy it While it’s Fresh: Tay Devenny & Spacedtime

It’s hard to predict now exactly what is going to become of the dwindling cloud-rap trend, however, a few young artists have been breathing new life into the genre recently.  Much like Khalil Nova, Tay Devenny and producer Spacedtime are taking the ideas of cloud-rap in a very interesting and fresh direction.  While Khalil Nova was breaking down cloud-rap to it’s most lo-fi, raw and hypnotic, Tay Devenny and Spacedtime are working with a much more cinematic and sensually atmospheric sound marked by crisp and jazzy production.  Across their Obulous mixtape, Tay Devenny displays an incredible knack for telling vivid stories demonstrating that there actually is a place for a straight-forwardly emotional rapper in the game.  Tracks like “The Melody” and “Run It” show off that Tay Devenny can be melodic with over gorgeously lo-fi instrumentals while “LCN” has him rapping confidently over an old school styled boom-bap beat.  Spacedtime gave the production on Obulous a light dust coat and it often sounds like Tay Devenny is rapping from a few chairs over in a poorly lit, cigar smoke filled bar.  Tay Devenny and Spacedtime captured something awesome with Obulous and I have no doubt that they’ll only keep getting better into next year.

-PK

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Enjoy It While It’s Fresh: Khalil Nova

Over the past few years, as experimentalism has become much more widely accepted in the rap community, it has become increasingly difficult to predict trends and the direction of the genre as a whole.  Three years ago, artists like Lil Ugly Mane and Spaceghostpurrp would have been (and probably were) written off very quickly.  Now people are becoming more open minded and artists with unique sounds have begun to rise such as Main Attrakionz, Clams Casino, and even A$AP Rocky to an extent.  Although there’s no way to say for sure, I would like to see the next experimental artist to rise up be Khalil Nova.  Just like Spaceghostpurrp and A$AP Rocky before taking off, Khalil Nova’s music is coated in a thick layer of lo-fi fuzz, but you can still hear his bold and exciting ideas shining through.  On “Mercury Diamondz”, he is content leaving a track almost completely as a stripped-down beat except for a short but deviously infectious hook that briefly appears twice while on “Keep Grinding” Nova lets his heavily flanged vocals take center stage over another bare-bones beat.  As with other experimental artists before him, I don’t expect everyone to enjoy Khalil Nova’s music in its early stages, but I encourage you to keep an open mind and listen.

-TC