Rabit releases Star Belly off of the Houston-based Halcyon Veil label. A unique twist on the Lean-fueled genre of Chopped & Screwed.
In my constant quest of seeking out musical outliers, I sometimes stumble upon.. a real surprise. Star Belly by Rabit is an excursion into the Chopped & Screwed genre that I feel is worth a listen. I confess I maligned this genre when I first heard it back in the late 90’s. But in all fairness, I’m a Gen Xer from California, so I had no geographical context of these mixes. Apparently in Houston, the humidity is extremely high, so there’s very little in the way of ‘high energy’ hip hop in the area. Amalgamate that with Codeine cough syrup abuse being synonymous with this scene, and you have the birth of a pitched-down, slowed-down, and darker version of the original songs being mixed. The transformation of tracks by Hole and Mazzy Star on this album is pretty dramatic, yet they retain the emotional impact of the originals.
Hip-hop and Electronic music are close cousins in that they were both born out of the marginalized sectors of society. Back in the 90’s we were using cheap samplers like the Ensoniq Mirage and analog synths that were filing up pawn shops. We had to, they were all we could afford. The modern day equivalent of that is a pirated copy of a DAW software and some digital audio files ripped from the internet. Star Belly brought me back to the minimalism of those days. Inspirational, challenging, and different. Highly recommended!
via – Rabit Bandcamp
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This is an interesting, albeit mainstream, look at the Promethazine Codeine cough syrup epidemic in Houston. If you don’t get ‘Chopped & Screwed’ mixes, then you’ve probably never drank Lean. Not that you should. Opiates are the devil. But that topic is a whole other blogpost..
via – Genuis
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