Once another sign that music is moving away from the separation between dj-producer centred music and music genres with the vocalist-performer as the main artist, such as hiphop or reggaeton. In pop it happens all the time, because it’s pop, and apparently it sells to put a David Guetta and Nicky Minaj together on a track. But until recently, it rarely happened in the underground or even in the sub-mainstream.
Following the Dutch urban-eclectic scene, several genres from the global bass scene have moved in this direction and following the popularity of crews like the Sadboys and TeamSESH, producers from the vapor-trap/trillwave scene are often making beats for rappers. But now, also producers from the club trax avant garde are starting to team up with rappers, opening exciting new ways. Not just sound-wise but also for delivering club music: as live shows.
Fellow music passionate James Giovanni once asked on Facebook why instrumental grime, produced to stand on itself, is still called grime, while hip-hop instrumentals without rap are either considered incomplete or are assigned another label altogether such as trip-hop or EDM-trap. But if rap is one of the most defining elements of hiphop music, what happens if music which is stylistically of a different genre, features rap, not sampled but with lyrics created as part of the track?
Of course this has happened before. Genres like grime, dancehall and reggaeton, which aren’t considered hip-hop, feature rap. And never forget that the now almost forgotten earlier generation hybrid called hip-house (<<– WATCH THIS DOC !!) has been an important influence for the development of Baltimore club music, resulting in amazing oldskool club gems featuring rap. In 2015, this direction is being rediscovered and even though there may be more, there are two rappers in particular who are leading the promising fusion of the undergrounds of club and rap: Thast & Sugur Shane.
Thast is an upcoming rap queen from Tampa, USA, whose first soundcloud tracks are from two years back. She started with twerk and trap flavoured beats but always with a somewhat innovative twist to it. But the fusion started two months ago, when club producers Xxsory (US), DJ Svani (Norway) and GET FACE (Norway) remixed her track ‘Rep Ur Country‘. Xxsory continued to make remixes of ‘Stop Hatin‘ [remix] and ‘Fuck U‘ [remix]. Check all of them out they’re rad!
But the obvious next step was an actual collab where DJ Svani and another Norwegian avant-garde club producer Hi Tom, delivered the beats.
Thast is setting a promising example and I hope we’ll hear more of this soon, both from her and from others !
The Philadelphia based DJ, producer ánd rapper Sugur Shane has been crossing the borders of genres including hip-hop, house, Philly club and vogue for a very long time already, always keeping active in these different worlds of music. Fusing non-hip-hop music flavours with rap for has been the most natural thing to do for him even in times where people told him that this was impossible. But now this is on the brink of changing, he is back with two exciting releases, one track produced by Latin club avant-garde duo Santa Muerte with vocals and lyrics from Sugur Shane and a full EP created together with Krueger from Chicago and a remix from the New York based futurist DJ NJ Drone!
Check here the vid of his track with bass arounder Astronomar from last year –>