I can honestly say this has been one of the trickier lists I have attempted to compile. "Surreal" is a word that evokes so many connotations, but the best synonym is "bizarre" which is why I included it in the title. I'm not attempting to adhere to the surrealist artistic movement or follow the precepts of it as laid down by Andre Breton; rather this is more an attempt to showcase hip-hop videos that have a surreal quality.
What does that mean in this context? They may not make sense from a plot standpoint - a narrative you can follow from beginning to end. They may seem dreamlike in that respect. They may also use images that don't seem rational, juxtapose things that don't belong together, or be what might seem to be the fevered imagination of someone tripping on acid. Then again they might seem to make sense on first inspection but over time something seems to be "off," and the longer you look at it the more that feeling grows, until like the famous "Too Many Cooks" video you are compelled to finish even as it becomes more and more weird and disturbing. One could say Tyler, The Creator is at the forefront of modern rap's surrealist movement so it's appropriate we start with him, though Kool Keith is arguably one of the most recognizable surrealists in rap history.
It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #376 is called Ridin With the Underdogs! Enjoy some new music from Jerm 9v, CJ Pure, Streetz & Young Deuces and Tableek among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard!
* Jerm 9v - Ridin
* Golden f/ Rahsaan P - Still Do
* CJ Pure (Yung Rep) - Pure
* Streetz & Young Deuces - Underdogs
* Tableek f/ Blaknerd - The Boom
* T'Swan - These Days
* Golden f/ Volatile - Can't Hold Back
* Gorgeous George - What It Look Like
A.T.: Hailing from Chicago’s Southside, Montana Of 300 adopted the Rap God alias to represent both his status in the genre and his faith. “I felt like I could possibly be the best rapper that ever rapped,” he told Passion of the Weiss of an early intuition, adding “I got me, I got my brain, and I got God. My lyrics is way more potent than everybody else that’s out right now.” A 2016 XXL Freshmen nominee, Montana Of 300 recently spoke with Fuse‘s FM TV detailing his experience meeting with Kanye West and Rick Rubin, telling fans to “expect the unexpected.” 18 months since the release of his 2014 break-through project Cursed With a Blessing, Montana Of 300’s Fire in the Church is now available and releases alongside the "FGE Cypher Pt. 2" video.
MM: The title speaks for itself. In this animated, comic book influenced rap song, Skematics is on a mission to "save all the sexually frustrated women” he can, and speaks on how he is willing and able to do just that, in detail.
RM: Red Mcfly has been making a name for himself on the production scene but this time he wants to prove himself as an artist as well. He does that while paying homage to one of his favorite artists and inspirations, no other than the Wave God, Max B. He also has Max Biggavell giving him a shoutout on this track.
Audio: John Reilly f/ Rich Quick - "Bully Pulpit" (prod. by Rediculus)
DM360: With the release of his new EP fast approaching, John follows up the EP’s lead single, “Do That S--t” with the equally dope “Bully Pulpit” featuring New Jersey’s Rich Quick. Over Rediculus’ overtly funky production, John and Rich each spit boisterously from a place of authority about the pleasantries they experience while intimidating and berating kids on the school ground, with hilarious lines like “After school detention cause I punched a nerd right in the nose / Asked me why I did it, I replied that “I don’t like your clothes.”
A.T.: Spotlighted in an extensive interview feature with FakeShoreDrive, buzzing Chicago rapper 600Breezy is putting his emphasise on lyricism the video single for Breezo George Gervin: Iceman Edition bonus track "Storm Freestyle" proves that point.