BEST NEW TRACK: $UICIDEBOY$ - CARROLLTON
$uicideboy$' "Carrollton" is a dirty-as-hell, take-no-prisoners slab of raw hip-hop from NOLA!
Hip-hop has become the ultimate lifestyle accessory. Your night just isn't complete if you don't have some Kanye blaring out of a stretched limo to keep your Cristal cold while you polish your Off White sneakers. A huge majority of hip-hop's major players rap more about 401(k)s and mutual funds than any kind of real-life struggle.
A lot of raw, lo-fi rappers are getting lost in the dust. You have to seriously wonder if some of the 21st Century's hip-hop styles - Dirty South, crunk, hyphy, bounce, even trap - would have ever come to pass if they were to start in 2018.
Lucky for all of us, New Orleans could care less what's in, what's hip. In fact, they might just spit in your face and do the opposite out of spite. People from the Big Easy are used to adversity and struggle. They do things their own way, which is a big part of what makes New Orleans' local culture so vibrant and distinctive.
"Carrollton" is the first release from the hyper-prolific $uicideboy$ crew in 2018. They're known to crank out handfuls of albums in a calendar year. With the long wait, there might be reason to worry that the $uicideboy$ are cleaning up their act, that they would return with some club-friendly 4/4 beats, a bunch of guest spots, some autotune, or a bit of r&b (not that there's anything wrong with any of those things.)
$UICIDEBOY$ - CARROLLTON
While there's no telling what I Want To Die In New Orleans, $uicideboy$' new album due out in September, will sound like, it comes as a major relief that "Carrollton" is not all polished and prettied up. If anything, "Carrollton" is even more dirty and damaged than their stream of Kill Yourself EPs. The bass is even gnarlier, begging to be kicked out a pair of 12" subwoofers, preferably mounted in a lowrider, while the beats bang along ominously, but still mellowly.
If you're looking for positive, conscious, uplifting hip-hop, look elsewhere. $uicideboy$ have talked about the origin of I Want To Die In New Orleans, being a commentary on the rudderless and those without direction. $uicideboy$ stick to their comfort zone, getting paid, getting laid, and catching a buzz. And that's about the realest thing there is.
We Are: The Guard are here for it! All hail the Dirty South and its gloriously idiosyncratic denizens.
J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.