An aesthetic is the most important thing you can have in rap music besides skill. Let’s be honest, in some cases, aesthetic is all that matters. Being a creative that can attract the minds of the masses by being mysterious always trumps someone who raps as good as the genre’s legends, but has no style whatsoever to pique listeners’ interests. Finding a delicate balance is important when considering a career as an entertainer, period.
Bali Baby straddles this line near perfectly. It’s hard actually to describe her style; she’s the villain under the monster’s mask in Scooby Doo. Her music takes advantage of her ethereal style and comes across as an organic extension of her as an artist, so it often works. Her latest collaboration with Elle Teresa called “ZOMBITCH” takes her aesthetic and turns it up by 100.
The song is just damn creepy, in all honesty. Perhaps the accompanying visual, with its bright colors, carnivalesque aesthetic, and airy vocals, makes it scarier than any of the Paranormal Activity films. Both Teresa and Bali do their thing, and it makes for an interesting listen. The video showcases the proper way to utilize aesthetic as well.
Check out “ZOMBITCH” below.
@theofficialyed goes crazy in “Like I Never Left”
Y.E.D. hails from Atlanta and is more grassroots than anyone coming out of the city. His raw, visceral style of music relies on its spontaneity for thrills. “Like I Never Left” captures lightning in a bottle for a captivating sound and style that place you right in the action. The video will give you vertigo, but it’s mesmerizing in a way that Harmony Korine’s K.I.D.S is.
Watch the video for “Like I Never Left” below.
@Coringmusic shows Brooklyn’s beauty in “Brooklyn”
Watch Corin Gabriella’s exciting new video for “Brooklyn.” It has a very grassroots feel to the way that it’s shot and the frantic, energetic viewpoints that it uses to portray the city’s angst. Corin is a rising R & B stalwart out of the city with a soulful sound that cuts through much of the more atmospheric muddling that exists in contemporary soul culture. With a fresh, funky twist, her latest will give you something to remember.
Watch the video for “Brooklyn” below.
Russ Released An Ass Whoopin Soundtrack Last Year And No One Noticed
The minions of Russ have put their hands on Adam22 of the No Jumper podcast and rapper Smokepurpp. Apparently, there’s more in the pipeline – Adam revealed that there are multiple other industry figures who have had this happen to them. This information has posited Russ as the ultimate throwback rapper, an artist not afraid to get into the fray with his posse. Wouldn’t it be badass if he released a song that acted as a soundtrack to his endeavors?
Last year, before the reports of these happenings started to swarm in, he released his debut album There Is Really A Wolf. On that album is “Flip,” a strong, swaggering track that sounds both eerie and hilarious in light of the recent events that we’ve heard about. On the song, he raps about how rappers need to keep the same energy when they see him. In the video that released back in January, around the time that Adam22 said he was sucker punched by members of Russ’ crew, Russ hangs with what looks like the Nigerians that multiple people have complained about. At the time it looked like a regular video, now, it looks hilarious.
Just listen to the song below, check out the video, and have a laugh.