In the words of Chief Keef (free that man, I think), “Fuck Da Opps.” Whether some fool is in your way swiping the metrocard, or your teacher expects you to fail, fuck da opps. That cringe, that anxiety, that moral dilemma you battle is just a voice in your head that isn’t yours. We’ve all felt it. We’ve all choked on a conundrum where we felt what we wanted to do, but denied ourselves the pleasure. Indulge yourself. These artists each did, in their own ways.
The living dead trio from Flatbush slowed down to throw out any suppositions of constant craze from their work, The King Remembered In Time speaks on ice-cold ballin on haters, Kitty Pryde’s Hot Sugar-powered “Barbie Jeep” throws looping to the wind for a constantly-refreshing piece, Michael Aristotle gets too high to contain, Lil B gets Gudda with Mona Li$a shots while gettin dope from London (no visa), BanksOnTheBeat rocks out with playful claims that Flocka jacked his ad-libs, Keef smokes swishas for protein while rollin in a rari, Rome Fortune wont hesitate to cop dome on the highway (it’s unfortunate that she choked when they hit the speed bump), Vince Staples explains why he’s stuck in his ways unable to change, Domo Genesis throws away stoner jams for epic chest-swells, and the OG Dutch Master//Black Zheep DZ connection deepens over a numbly hummed beat.
Each of these tracks defies an authority. Whether that’s is the mommy police trying to get Keef off the radio, expectant fans who want to head bang to Flatbush Zombies, or an industry that cringes when Kitty and Hot Sugar kill looped instrumentals, these tracks have an obvious disdain for conventions. But when we group these all together, cutt up patches to hot glue onto our denim jackets, screw pins in over that, and affix upside down crosses to our shoulder pads, doesn’t it all start to get streamlined? Sure, it all sounds different, but isn’t it all out here to push our buttons in some way?
Definitely. But that misguided criticism fails to see that an act of defiance can’t just be thrown in the same group as any other. Defiance isn’t a genre, it’s a drive to create. First of all, my act of defiance towards an idea wont always resemble yours. In fact, the idea, convention, or person you’re opposing almost matters more. Not only does my manner of opposition hold more weight than the simple act, but the specific cultural point that’s being opposed defines my opposition. So many subcultures have be neutered by sarcasm like “How original!” Not this time. Recognize the diversity, and the excitement behind each young creator.
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