There’s a certain single that’s popular with the Kid Cudi crowd right now that may or may not have taken a few hints from this popular street single from five years ago. Maybe the group I’m talking about never even heard this, but as hard as they rep Chicago it would be questionable if they hadn’t. Make judgments of authenticity on your own time, but simply put I would much rather listen to this on any given day. I’m not really a purist but the process of making juke “accessible” hasn’t really worked out so well to these ears. Baltimore club’s range of popularity makes sense because of its tempo, but why is it that whenever somebody tries to make an “internet hit” out of this stuff it results in something that sounds completely sucked dry of the energy that permeates the local phenomenon? Can we at least get a Watagatapitusberry? I sense the force in plenty of European records, but a few miles from it’s birthplace it completely misses the point. The genre is by no means dead locally or elsewhere (rather the opposite), but a lot of the wrong people are at the forefront of it’s success, and seem interchangeable with any other localized “ghetto genre”. If it were D.C. you likely hear them talking about go go and so on. I guess kids just can’t seem to shake backpack rap for whatever reason.
Trying hard not to call anybody out…just saying.