FallFest 2012 brings rap’s next big thing to UVM
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 21:09
I know this is a music column, but please bear with me while I throw a little math at you – A$AP Rocky + Schoolboy Q + Danny Brown = the next big thing in rap.
Ergo, FallFest 2012 = A must see. It’s math, so you know it has to be true, right?
“But Dillon,” you say, “you didn’t use any numbers. That was just a gimmick to try to validate a subjective point.” OK, OK, you caught me, but let me tell you why this is a FallFest you’re not going to want to miss.
Rap and hip-hop have been changing a lot these past few years. Eccentric, well-versed, drugged-out rappers have taken the scene by storm while foggy, deep, psychedelic production reigns in the background.
The rise of Black Hippy Crew, Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All and even guys like Wiz Khalifa have demonstrated that this style is the next progression in the constantly changing world of hip-hop.
A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown are all standard bearers in their own unique and crazy way for this welcomed shift in the rap scene.
These guys are the real deal. A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown are true disciples of hip-hop, and it shows in their music.
Rocky’s debut album “LiveLoveA$AP” took the musical world by storm with its immaculate beats and Rocky’s smooth and charismatic rapping. Rocky’s lyrics aren’t particularly innovative, but his flow and choice in production are impeccable.
His self-assured, just plain cool attitude and flow serves as the perfect compliment to the funky, weird and warped out beats he raps over. The beats surround you, hugging you with strangeness while Rocky is there saying, “it’s all good, I got this.”
Swag is a word thrown around a lot these days, but if anyone’s got it, it’s A$AP Rocky.
Schoolboy Q, one member of the rap super group Black Hippy Crew, with his highly unpredictable yet poised flow, infectious beats and hooks and extremely clever lyrics, is one of the most entertaining rappers on the scene today.
His most recent album “Habits & Contradictions” is an album you will find yourself coming back to again and again.
Schoolboy Q makes being a fantastic rapper seem easy in every respect. The comfort and confidence radiating from his voice is hard to resist. He doesn’t seem accountable to anyone but himself, and isn’t afraid to show his human side – a rare trait in the rap scene. At the same time, he is often hilarious, and most importantly, always interesting.
Danny Brown is, well, Danny Brown. Anyone who knows his music knows exactly what I mean. The rap scene is filled with rappers who lack a unique voice, but Danny Brown bucks this trend like nobody’s business.
First off, the singular “voice” doesn’t even do it for Danny Brown. Self-stylized as a “hybrid,” he transitions seamlessly from a high-pitched, jocular voice to an angry, gangster-style voice without losing a step.
His lyrics are vulgar, sometimes disturbing, and at the same time completely hilarious. His emo-style haircut and skinny jeans have led to plenty of detractors in the alpha male dominated rap scene, but it’s impossible not to respect him for his style and undeniable talent.
Whether you love rap or never listen to it, I can guarantee one thing – you will be entertained by this lineup.
Let me lay out one more equation before you move on to the next article: You + FallFest = a great night. Let Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. be the proof.