“Still Young,” by Chicago’s I'm Thirsty, is dirty, raw, dangerous, and damaged hip-hop. It’s excellent.

Am I the only one who feels a little bit disturbed when rap music sounds really put together? It’s like, “We gonna rage until exactly 11:30 PM, drink enough Hennessy to forget my day job but not enough to be hungover, and get enough sleep before tomorrow morning’s yoga class.”

Who has this level of self-control and awareness when they’re being hedonistic? It would be like counting calories at a foodie festival or tokes at Burning Man. I mean, I guess it might be admirable, in its neuroticism, but I prefer my party music with a little more abandon.



soundcloud “Still Young” will re-awaken the revolutionary bones in your body, instantly transforming you into an angsty drug-addled emo teenager. I’m Thirsty pushes for getting buzzed beyond repair, making no apologies for his decadent attitude. “If I get too f*cked up tonight/don’t try to save me,” he warns.

The mania is reinforced with Crapface’s production - stuttering, heavy-hitting post-dubstep kicks and trill trap hi-hats. It’s Dirty-South-By-Way-Of-London-Grime, or “drill music” at its finest.

I’m Thirsty reminds us to take advantage of our youth, making mistakes when it’s still safe to do so. We Are: The Guard agree. Let’s not become too boring and responsible too quickly, especially the rappers and DJs. We’ve got to escape somewhere!

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.