Dark clouds seem to be forming over the hip hop community as two of the underground’s most promising young rappers appear to be feuding with each other- over Twitter that is. Spaceghostpurrp, founder and member of the Raider Klan, is a producer/ rapper from Florida whose reimagining of the southern Trill sound blends slowed down ultra basey beats( typically used by Promethazine sipping legends like the Three 6 Mafia), with everything from Midwestern stoner lyricists Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, then tops this all off with a little bit of N.W.A. (hear Purrps, ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ off of his soft more debut The Chronicles of Spaceghostpurrp for a taste of that). Some how this seemingly eclectic mix pumps delicious black ooze from your speakers, the results are at times hypnotic.
ASAP Rocky is a Harlem, New York rapper who comes from the up and coming ASAP Mob and whose sound has managed to simultaneously excite and awe hip hop fans of the early nineties who also grew up listening to Rocky’s central influences: the Harlem World Diplomats, Wu-Tang Clan, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. . Although the ASAP crew’s proclivity hasn’t really seemed to pick up yet, not to say that they aren’t trying as the mob’s ASAP Ant released ‘Told Ya’ in March. Granted the beat of ‘Told Ya’ is fire, but the song’s lack of focus and over all digressive and gradually unimpressive lyrics from Ant and featured artist Bodega Bamz fails to truly excite.
Meanwhile Purrp has managed to build a very impressive roster, featuring young (like teenage young) artists such as crack spitting The Ethelwulf, the wavy Xanex influenced Chris Travis, and the new princess of the Midwest miss Amber London. Although the Chronicles of Spaceghostpurrp was a less than impressive remastering of many of Purrps’ underground anthems (I was particularly disappointed by the toned down reworking of one of my favourite Purrp songs ‘Suck a Nigga Dick’), Purrp has shown us that his dark and meditative mind state could in fact be the very promising future for the direction of ‘underground hip hop’.
So what happened? Supposedly a member of the ASAP Mob (ASAP Twelvyy) got into an altercation with Matt Stoops who is a member of the Raider Klan. Even before this there has been much back and forth and speculation about the ASAP Mob’s relationship with the Raider Klan, and Spaceghostpurrp has at times made comments stating that both crews are all good, while at other times keeping their distance. Shots have been fired back and forth between both Purrp and Rocky over Twitter (you know rappers have entered the 21st century when…), and recently Rocky has come under fire for committing I guess what is considered a huge no-no in the ‘G on Twitter handbook’ by ‘Subtweeting’ at Purrp.