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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Antwon: End Of Earth

Posted by on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I completely slept on rapper Antwon last year, but thanks to the announcement from Greedhead kingpin Himanshu on "the twitter" that the San Jose native would be releasing an album on his label, I've been listening ever since.

His latest release, End Of Earth, is a pleasant cross pollination of the by-now-practically-patented Seattle drug n' thug style and a mellow-hyphy Bay Area tone. Rapping over production by the likes of the rising Steel Tipped Dove and the recently retired Big Baby Gandhi (sad face) dude paints a typical tough guy persona over horror movie score on one track, then drops a some red cup party rhymes over new jack era beats the next:

Old guard hiphop sentinels have developed the annoying habit of labeling these cats '"Tumblr rap", but I call it enjoyable, and Antwon calls it free over on his bandcamp, so have a listen.

See also: his video for the track "Helicopter" from even earlier last year. Directed by Brandon Tauszik, they're both salutes to pre HDTV era music televison cinematopgraphy, with road trip-inspiring shots of the Yay Area's warmer climes. On "Helicopter", they've even taken the Steve Mcqueen chase scene through the hilly streets of San Francisco from the movie Bullit, and seamlessly integrated it with their own Lalo Schifrin sounding sample.


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Posted by tim koch on January 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 2
I'm fond of the Tumblr-rap tag, as it nails the aesthetic rather neatly.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on January 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM · Report this
Sean Jewell 3
@2 Aesthetic! Yes. Talk about artistic value which is not simplistic or binary. Very helpful. Using it as a divisive term (i.e. real rap vs. tumblr rap) not so good.
Posted by Sean Jewell http:// on January 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 4
real rap gets no play in "my ride" i only slap that fake rap that make kool herc sad rap
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on January 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM · Report this
People should get tested for Real Hip Hop
Posted by Todd Hamm on January 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 6
i call it 'getting your elements audited'
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on January 14, 2013 at 1:51 AM · Report this
horatiocain 7
The fact that he credits all the dancers and extras and all is really cool. Way to go, Antwon.
Posted by horatiocain on January 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM · Report this
Sean Jewell 8
@7 Huh. Good point!
Posted by Sean Jewell http:// on January 15, 2013 at 8:31 AM · Report this

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