No, no, it’s not another list. It’s a mixtape, the finest in innovative, future-forward sounds assembled by your pals at Motherboard. You get one track a day from now until the end of the year, and then it all comes together into the best document of the future of music seen from the year 2011 on the internet.
.10 Lil B the Based God, “1 Time Remix” (Produced by Clams Casino)
A few misinformed folks out in the Internet have tried to ascribe Lil B’s success to the door opened by Odd Future and the rest of the youngin’ Twitter rap movement. What those people forget is that the dude now known as the Based God has already had his coarse drawl pump out of Bay Area whips for the better part of a decade as a member of hyphy legends The Pack. After releasing his first album in 2009 and gaining 364,000 followers on Twitter, it’s Lil B’s 2011 release I’m Gay (I’m Happy) that’s seen him move beyond just name-checking famous people and into the realm where you’re asking yourself if this guy could be the next MF Doom.
Helping Lil B break out of the synthetic blips-and-bass mold of modern rap is the silky dreamscape production of Clams Casino. Clams’s beats feel like a throwback to pre-millennial hip-hop when producers actually knew how to play drums (he does) and actually built complicated, emotive tracks. It’s admittedly surprising to hear a relatively one-sided artist like Soulja Boy work with a female vocal-infused homage to West Coast psych-soul artists like Odyssey. When Clams’s beats are combined with a capable rapper like Lil B, it’s more than enough to serve as 2011’s reminder that hip-hop isn’t dead yet.
Enjoy more selections from Motherboard’s 2011 mixtape right over here.