SpaceGhostPurrp
Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6


4.0
excellent

Review

by illmitch USER (11 Reviews)
May 28th, 2011 | 79 replies | 17,067 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Purple drank, Satan, and Three 6 Mafia combine their forces to make one damn good mixtape

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Listening to Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6, the latest release from Miami's Spaceghostpurrp, is like entering a time portal to an alternate universe, a dark reality dominated by mock Satanism, Three 6 Mafia, and nostalgic 90's cartoons. It's pretty easy to get lost in it - you put on one song and before you know it an hour has passed and you've been methodically bobbing your head along to the syrup-drenched beats. It's hard to imagine this isn't the young rapper-producer's intention.

Atmosphere is his biggest asset. His production is deeply immersive. Its most salient musical analogues are Three 6 Mafia's Mystic Stylez and the screwed and chopped offerings of DJ Screw, and it's clear that Spaceghostpurrp has a fondness for 90's rap (indeed, he affixes a (1991) to the end of the mixtape's name on Datpiff, and the cover comes with the accolade "DOPEST ALBUM IN 1991"). He even samples the beat from the classic Triple Six single Late Night Tip on the cut Tha Phonk, and the ominous keyboards on "Underground" measure up to the best DJ Paul or Juicy J ever sampled in their heyday, and screws and chops his vocals on many of the tracks. He intersperses atypical samples in his sounds, from the familiar "finish him" and "flawless victory" of Mortal Kombat fame to random shrieks and screams to those odious talking smileys from pop-up internet ads. Songs start and stop in medias res, with a disjarring effect; he even alters the volume levels from track to track, even within the same track. It all serves to ground the album firmly in the 90's culture that Spaceghostpurrp seemingly so idolizes. However, he manages to do all this with a fresh spirit. Perhaps it is the amalgamation of different ideas, but not once does the listener feel like he would be better suited skipping the middleman and listening to the rappers who influence Spaceghostpurrp.

The rapping, while certainly up to and sometimes well above par, isn't the album's selling point. Despite the horrific atmosphere, Spaceghostpurrp never really delves into the horror movie lyrics made famous by early Three Six or his contemporary peers in Odd Future, rather employing the standard tales of braggadocio and swagger talk. You can certainly see the influence of fellow Floridians 2 Live Crew in his graphic tales of sex. His flow is certainly competent, and I don't doubt that if he had different influences or intentions, he could speed-rap with the best of them. Indeed, his rapping has improved noticeably since his last mixtape, NASA, so his lyrical progress will be a thing to look out for in coming albums. However, it remains to be enforced that he simply doesn't care about wowing you with any lyrical couplets or Twista-style speed-rhyming. Indeed, the vocals are actually subdued in the mix, working more as an instrument in league with the beat than as a separate presence demanding imminent attention. This again adds to the immersive nature of the album. When he employs guest rappers, the most prominent and best of whom are the Bay Area's Main Attrakionz, they work in the same way, never shining above but always remaining thoroughly interesting.

The album seems shorter than its 22 tracks, and could probably stand to lose a few. His allegiance to old rap notwithstanding, Spaceghostpurrp is a part of the modern indie internet rap scene, where prolific output is rewarded and celebrated. And while, to its credit, the album never particularly gets boring, there are few noticeable highlights - it is best taken as a whole. That said, the thick cohesive mix is at its best in the aforementioned Underground, *** Taylor Gang (which Spaceghostpurrp has explained as not a diss on Wiz Khalifa's group per se, but rather an exhortation for people to follow their own style), and Stoner Gang, where the aggressive beat brings to mind a simpler, deconstructed variant of Lex Luger's better material.

In short, while it's not a groundbreaking foray into uncharted territories of hip hop, it's still a very solid, cohesive album worthy of the attention of any rap fan.



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illmitch
May 28th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey i wrote a new review

illmitch
May 28th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only been listening to this shit for like a month and its somehow in my top 5 in last.fm

illmitch
May 28th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx man its my first in a while, got bored and was like hey im gonna write this

let me know what you think

Relinquished
May 28th 2011



22366 Comments


hip-hop and satan = good shit

you sold me, gonna get this soon

Jawaharal
May 28th 2011



1832 Comments


suck a dick for 2011 = song of the summer

Hep Kat
May 28th 2011



14019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sick

Digging: Fucked Up - Year of the Dragon

Bulldog
May 28th 2011



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review mitch. spaceghostpurrp is dope. gonna peep this.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2011



30295 Comments


Sounds pretty good, will check out

Nice write-up Mitch

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

illmitch
May 29th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks bros

let me know what you guys think of the album, interested in hearing how other people react to it

Bulldog
May 30th 2011



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its a little logn for my liking and the lyrics could be better but hes got his sound down pat.

illmitch
May 30th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i never even really notice the length when i listen to it just because of how immersive it is but yeah i can see your point

im interested in seeing where he goes lyrically from here

read an interview where he said lyrically he could rap circles around wiz khalifa (which granted isnt that hard, but still)

Bulldog
May 30th 2011



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i agree with your point in the review about his improved rapping. its noticeably improved from nasa. hell probably
improve lyrically too, most rappers usually do with experience. but either way, i dont htink hell ever be a "lyrics first"
rapper. hes carved out a nice sound for himself and thats always gonna be his bread and butter.

guitarded_chuck
June 1st 2011



2406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cant find this anywhere yo

porch
June 3rd 2011



8390 Comments


givin this a try, nice review mitch

alachlahol
June 3rd 2011



7423 Comments


saw you listening to this on the forums where do you find all these albums with sweet cover art

illmitch
June 3rd 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guitarded its on datpiff

http://www.datpiff.com/SPVCXGHXZTPVRRP-SPACEGHOSTPURRP-Blvcklvnd-Rvdix-666-1991-mixtape.226034.html

u need a datpiff acct to download it but its free to sign up

alach i am a rap wizard that is how i do it

ECRbubs
June 27th 2011



687 Comments


suck a nigga dick svck a nigga dick suck a nigga suck a nigga dick fo 2011.

this is cool I guess but also sort of a Lil B ripoff, no? Still some good jams and if you go with the schtick it's an enjoyable ride. That's my soundoff everyone. Go listen to the new E-40 albums, they're really good (seriously).

illmitch
June 27th 2011



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more of a three 6 mafia ripoff than lil b imo

ECRbubs
June 27th 2011



687 Comments


good point all the purple and whatnot

Fort23
August 1st 2011



2469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is awesome



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