TOP NEW SONGS: LOU THE HUMAN - BORN
A legend is “Born” as NYC’s Lou The Human drops his debut mixtape Humaniac.
Hip-hop is party music, usually, dribbling out of packed vocal booths, with MCs taking turns tossing off features, spitting hot 16s, while the DJ keeps the beat. So much hip-hop comes pre-soaked in green smoke and Cristal, it’s nice to hear some moody, nightside beats; weird, antisocial lyrics; and eye-melting production.
“F*ck friends/I like to trip balls and watch sick movies/I’ve been a bit loopy/I think I smoked shrooms and sniffed Lucy,” are just some representative lyrics from Lou The Human’s bizarre, personal metaverse. “Born” sounds like an 11-year old’s slumber party, seeped in sugar, video games, softcore smut and cheap horror films, but combined with a full-tilt acid party and possibly a seance.
LOU THE HUMAN - BORN
“Born” - and much of the material that makes up Lou The Human’s Humaniac mixtape, which has finally dropped - comes off like early horrorcore - horror-influenced rap music, usually with some crunked up dirty southern beats and delirious, detuned chopped ‘n screwed vocals. For every Brotha Lynch Hung, however, there’s a billion ICP wannabes, meaning Lou The Human’s entry into lo-fi, messed up, personable-but-still-relatable underground hip-hop is much appreciated.
Hip-hop has come a long way from its gangsta-rap roots, speaking for a lot more than running guns and money in an urban warfare jungle. Rappers like Lou The Human speak for the bedroom auteur weirdos, smoking and drinking late into the night, letting the beats and substances carry their minds where they will. “Born” is just as militant, energetic, fed up and pissed off as the angriest gangsta rap, but chooses to focus that energy into more of a constructive direction.
We Are: The Guard love to see constructive exploration of the dark side of Human existence. We also love to hear exciting, one-of-a-kind hip-hop. Lou The Human delivers both, with “Born.”
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.