The Raider Klan are quickly becoming a movement to be reckoned with and are on the verge of really blowing up now that Purrp signed with 4AD. They keep growing and keep progressing while at the same time bringing it back to a different era of southern hip hop that I grew up with. When I was in middle/highshcool, Joeybagadonutz and I waited for Tuesday to come every week to go buy all the new albums dropping that week.
We would wait for weeks for a certain album to drop and I would even sometimes buy something I never heard of just because of the features. Recently I’ve been feeling the same way about hip hop and I feel it’s because there is this underground movement of like-minded artists who tend to collaborate with each other frequently and are tapped into the same mindset.
Artists from all around the country are linking through the net, making real music, and it is giving me that old feeling again I’ve been missing with rap in the past few years. When I hear SpaceGhostPurrp and all the other raiderz like Amber London, Denzel, Simmie, Dough Dough, Yung Renegade, Mike Dece, Key Nyata, and probably a bunch of other raiders who I’m sure I forgot, it is giving me the same feeling I got back when classic 8ball & MJG, No Limit (Uhhhhhhhh!) and Three 6 Mafia were still underground.
Miami is on the rise big time! With Shuttle Life, Metro Zu, O’Grime, NoEmotion, SkunkApeGang and plenty others making a scene, plus big time players like Gunplay it is going down in South Florida!!! From Miami Shores to Carol City, Miami is a prime example of one section of this movement I’m talking about and it’s got me really excited about hip hop again!
This week we were fortunate to be blessed by a handful of fresh new tapes from Klan members such as Ethelwulf, Amber London, and Young Renegade in addition to a killer new track from Purrp aimed directly at the Trayvon Martin Tragedy. And if that’s not enough, Mike Dece’s debut is right on tap (post on that coming soon).
Lets talk about Amber London for a sec though. While there are a bunch of talented female rappers in the game that I could talk about, when I hear Amber London I get chills. She can hold her own in any cypher and has a flow that is hard to match. When I heard her first song on the tape rapping over a classic Dirty track — and straight kill it to say the least — I was very impressed and excited. Then every song after has been just as good as she grows as an emcee even singing on the hook of the 420 song. Raiderz have talent and she is just another piece to the Raider Klan puzzle, I only get more and more excited each new track I hear and pondering her future along with the Klan. Go get her OG Amber London EP RIGHT NOW!
Amber’s tape was also my introduction to Ethelwulf. This guy has one of the nicest flows and is very reminiscent of that early 90′s memphis hip hop. There’s some old Bone Thugz raps mixed with an Eazy-E attitude. I can see Ethelwulf often collaborates with Yung Raw, Chri$ Travi$ along with a few others but he’s still new to me and I’m digesting his output. Grab his 20-track The Wolf Gang’s Rodolphe (who’s entire second half is a Chopped ‘N Screwed version of the first 10 tracks) and take some time with all of his dope underground tracks on his youtube. You won’t be disappointed. I hope to see a lot more from him and friends down the road.
Rounding things up is No Emotions In Blvcklvnd from Young Renegade. Renegade really puts you into the mindset of living and growing up in the Blvcklvnd with his raw freestyles and his gritty yet laidback style. He also has help from his fellow Raiders -including Purrp along with appearances from Lowaletta & Mr. B the Poshtronaut. Klan Simmie even has a solo song on here as a bonus cut. If his new tape isn’t enough for you, head over to his YouTube page for more.
If you’re just now getting into the Raiderz world outside of Purrp, strap in and enjoy because it’ll take you on a serious musical adventure. SGP and the Raiderz weren’t playing around when they said they are bringing the 90s and phonk back.- SupaSortahuman