I knew it. From that first note to be honest. All I could think of after that drop ten seconds in was, FAB’s “Ghostride the Whip”. But how did I know? Well, I guess I’ll answer that in a second.
Frist, be forewarned that I really want to use the word hyphy, but that I am not exactly sure this applies or, for that matter, if hyphy is still a thing. So I won’t go there. Ha, I guess that’s kinda the story of my life–when it comes to this Music Monday that is–terminology.
What really made me %100 positive that this was some Bay Area noise was that beat. There is a distinctive sound that comes from The Bay, much like there’s a distinctive southern sound or a distinctive sound in drill. (See? Tied mine in with yours!) At first I thought that it probably didn’t have much to do with the lyrical content. Where some areas and genres are associated with their lyrics or their flows, other are associated with their beats. I feel like Bay area hip hop is one of the more easily distinguishable regions.
But back to FAB. So, I’m sure you’ve heard it, but here it is:
Ghost Ride It.
Now, I haven’t spent much time in California, and I have never been to NYC, but one of the biggest critiques I hear from people from NY about CA is that you can’t walk anywhere. In NYC you could walk all around the city, take public transit, and that there is no need for a car. I mean, can you imagine owning a car in Seoul? I mean, why?! Now, I realize the Bay is a little different. I have spent some time in San Francisco and it is accessible by foot and of course the BART, but I think there’s a California mindset here. Cars. I mean, “Ghost Ride It” is all about cars. Granted, yes, a lot of hip hop is car oriented. MMG? I mean, one of the reason I know about Bentley’s and Maybacks are because of hip hop. Now, if we look it NY hip hop for example, we hear rapper spit about cars much less than they do on the west coast and in the south. Cadillacs make me think of OutKast. Granted I don’t automatically associate a specific type of car with California and west coast rap, but I do associate it with cars. Maybe it’s because a car in a necessity on the west. I mean, can you imagine how difficult it’d be to live in California without a whip? So I think there’s something there.
To be honest though, I know why I can’t quite pin it down–lack of terminology. I don’t have the vocabulary to tell you what it is in the music that makes me automatically associate it with the Bay. I’m sure there’s a word, or a term, that someone could use to more articulate what I know I hear. I don’t know it. Maybe you do. Maybe you can help me out here.
On a final note. I fucking love Sage’s voice. I had known of IamSu! and have listened to his most recent mixtape. I am looking forward to Remember Me dropping on the 25th. Looking forward to more from this guy.
Great pick ‘cole.