makes great use of visuals for his projects. He exemplifies how important the use of visual aesthetics are to the independent approach to making it in the rap game today. Though low budget, Action's videos are a long way from Chief Keef
's living room thuggery. The rapper delivers high concept, but very humorous visuals for his music, and actually proves himself as a fairly capable actor. Another key element to Action's videos and persona is his acute self-awareness, a characteristic shared by most of the new class of rappers, including Action collaborators Das Racist
and Riff Raff
There's not much left to be said of Kendrick
. One possible aspect of Lamar's talent that hasn't been touched on, but is certainly pushing things forward is his unconventional flows and vocal manipulation. No one really sounds like K-Dot, and sometimes it's hard to tell whether he's even capable of writing a conventional verse, especially when his ghostwriting for Dre
almost transforms the Dr. into a Kendrick doppelganger. There's something inhuman about Kendrick's delivery, even on his sung hooks he sounds otherworldly. His manipulated vocals whether of his own command, or use of effects bring an interesting dynamic to his sound, territory that's also being explored by (like it or not) Atlanta's Future. Kendrick's experimentation with different vocal techniques adds yet another layer to the consistently growing range of hip hop.
certainly isn't the youngest of the bunch, but that doesn't make him any less of a trendsetter. Danny's penchant for more abrasive, industrial, and electronic production sets him apart from much of today's rap, and certainly his Dilla-worshipping hometown of Detroit. The fact that he pairs his noisy beats with a cartoonish high pitched yelp of a flow is even more daring, though he also possesses the ability to change his delivery drastically from track to track, showing a range akin to his musical taste. Brown is an unabashed music nerd, readily presenting a depth of knowledge in genres from rap to UK Bass, to 60s psycheldelia. Plus he was talking about poppin' mollies over 2 years ago.
might be the very best example of a product of the internet. The Based God remains unsigned, yet has maintained a steady output of a mixtape per month for the past two years or so. He films plenty of videos for his tracks, all sharing the same DIY camcorder aesthetic. That's all Lil B really has to do to gain a massive following, who consistently meme-ify pretty much anything this man does. He was easily the earliest endorser of producer Clams Casino
, and his more ignorant Swag Rap style certainly rubbed off on rap tofu like Soulja Boy
(get it? he absorbs their flavor!). As much as some may dismiss Lil B as an incapable rapper (kind of missing the point), his importance as an independent artist with a new approach to music distribution stands strong.
is a good example of a rapper who is able to draw heavily from his influences while maintaining a very distinct new sound. Purrp is indebted largely to darker 90s rap like Three 6 Mafia
, creating a sincerely devilish atmosphere
with his production, rather than veering into the tongue in cheek "666" wielding of Odd Future
. Purrp is probably the very first decidedly lo-fi rap producer. While plenty of amateur beatmakers have turned in improperly mastered distorted messes of songs for some time, Purrp actually does it on purpose. His 90s horrorcore reproductions have enough dizzying fuzz, and pop-up ad samples to remove them almost entirely from the decade they pull from.
One thing this new wave of rappers has solidified is the re-emergence of the crew. Joey
rides with Pro Era
, a crew that consists not only of emcees, but producers, engineers, graphic designers, artists, and overall thinkers. While you could say crews exist within labels like GOOD Music, YMCMB, and MMG, these differ from groups like Pro Era
, which are formed more organically, and represent more of a movement than a collection of artists. A crew can establish an aesthetic, style, and general approach that allows artists to create their own brands to a certain extent. Pro era executes this well, and the very talented Joey is there to take the reins.
HNHH breaks down the new wave of creative rappers, who are bringing both new sounds and movements to the rap game.
In recent years there has been a movement of emcees who have a new approach to rap. Many are products of the internet, and they differ from past generations in that their style is not dictated by region, but rather their own creation. These rappers are changing the game by throwing it some curve balls, their creativity being an unpredictable force. These newcomers have a tendency to create their own movements, rather than arrive as part of a lineage, and incorporate a certain independent aesthetic when it comes to elements of the industry like videos, artwork and production. This is the new wave of creative rappers.