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West of Western 11/2/20: COVIDWEENLECTION


This year’s Halloween was for the most part toned down from years prior. Media-wise, the build-up to the holiday was muzzled by bad new films like Hubie Halloween and the removal of classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown from broadcast TV. Plus the whole voting thing. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean everything this season is terrible. To my surprise, clipping. is back with another mind-bending album with Visions of Bodies Being Burned at a time when it’s needed most. As a companion project to 2019’s There Existed an Addiction to Blood, the group continues to explore the spooky, thematic tropes of horror films by fusing the genre together with noise rap and industrial production.

I absolutely adore the transitions on this project, beginning with the speakerphone verse from vocalist Daveed Diggs turning into “Say the Name,” a track that features a smooth Bass layer and a Geto Boys sample that sets the tone for the rest of the project. “96 Neve Campbell” recruits Cam & China to dissect the psyche of the “final girl,” which leads immediately into “Something Underneath.” Diggs gets more melodic on “Enlacing” before the album finishes with the group’s interpretation of Yoko Ono’s “Secret Place,” closing the horrorcore-adjacent project on an ambiguous note.


Off the rip, I’m just gonna tell you that you’ve probably heard these songs before — at least if you had your SoundCloud up in 2014. The Mississauga native is simply following in his label boss’s footsteps by resurfacing loosies from the OVO vault. Legendary songs like “PERSIAN RUGS,” “WEST DISTRICT,” and “CANDY” have been essential R&B cuts for years, yet haven’t been included in any of PND’s EP’s or albums (probably for sampling reasons).

However, it’s worth noting that not everyone was getting their music fix from Datpiff and SoundCloud back in the day, so this could be the move that attracts people who’ve evaded these songs for so long and gives them a good look into what was considered “alternative R&B” from the mid-2010s. Plus, it’s 2020 dude. Everything about this year sucks. Artists going back to the vault can spread some well-needed nostalgia for simpler times. Hopefully, we get to see more unearthed releases before the year’s end.


The name South Coast Music Group may not be ingrained into most people’s minds yet, but a double-check of the roster will have you convinced that you’re seeing the rise of another independent regional label. West Coast has TDE, Atlanta has Quality Control, and now the Carolinas hosts a label that has the likes of Charlotte Superstar DaBaby and YouTube sensation and Raleigh based artist Toosii. Hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, Blacc Zacc looks to be the next breakout star from the coastal region and its premier label. Zacc has been at the forefront of Carolinas rap for a while now, and I don’t see his already built momentum dropping with the release of 803 Legend.

Songs like “Still Smoking” and “Tennis” showcase Zacc’s prime ability to deliver some menacing lyrics while keeping the listener entertained with his backstory. Just like Toosii, Zacc doesn’t rely on labelmates for a feature, but rather seeking out veterans like Kevin Gates and young artists from opposite regional rap bubbles like 42 Dugg. 803 Legend is a grand hello from Zacc to the mainstream and introduces endless opportunities for South Carolina artists to break out.


Nothing beats 2000’s nostalgia right now, especially in the rap scene where those searching for the next sound find themselves spiraling back to what was popping 20 years ago. Combined with accessibility to the internet, one has the power to fuse wildly different cultures together. This new Digga D video combines the cutthroat and murky vibe of UK drill with the scenery of Midwest hip-hop – particularly from St. Louis. This isn’t the first US rap inspired video from Digga, with his biggest hit “WOI” embracing west coast gang culture. Yet his newest release differentiates itself by adapting some STL flair of Nelly, Murphy Lee, Huey (RIP), and the song’s namesake, “Right Thurr” rapper Chingy.

The West London driller hosts a party where everyone is decked out in apparel commonly worn in the Lou: Kangol hats, Evisu jeans, and the gold standard – crisp Air Force One’s. The outfits are worn to perfection and make me think that those in the video were thawed out of some time capsule from 2001. The music, however, has a foot in the current world, as Digga acknowledges recent events like his brief jail stint that led him to form an alliance with fellow rapper Unknown T. I’d expect to see more fun and electric videos from Digga, as he positions himself to be the next London driller to cross over.


Stay safe, wear your mask, and if you live in the 6th Congressional District of Illinois that covers space in Cook, Dupage, Lake, Kane, and McHenry counties, Don’t vote for that bigot Jeanne Ives. Or Kanye. Or Willie Wilson. Or *****. Thank You.


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