SpaceGhostPurrp
Mysterious Phonk


4.0
excellent

Review

by MisterTornado CONTRIBUTOR (47 Reviews)
May 31st, 2012 | 142 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A thief, intruder, and aggressor.

The Oakland Raiders seem like the embodiment of how to symbolize a hip-hop collective. In the NFL, they're an organization known for their foul mouths and dirty style of play, alongside their fiendishly tattooed and pierced die-hards adorned in spikes, chains, skeletons, and distorted face paint. It's black metal glam circa Mad Max. Though it's unlikely you'll see Spaceghostpurrp repping such flamboyance down the streets of Oakland, the heart of darkness black flooded throughout the Raider icon is enough to represent the rebellious, street-wise attitude Spaceghostpurrp attributes to the "Raider Klan" and his music. He is a man who sees the world through a filter of blackness.

Open up his notebook, and face value renders the man a vile talking, shady character full of bombast ("Similar to Darth Vader, because I'm the God of Black") and contradicktory love-hate lyricism ("*** around with Florida, come for you and your bitch, but I still got love, for the world and the youth"). Though when he spits out things like, "Why you tryna' be gangsta? I know you a pranksta, just chill like me and grab a bitch and spank her," there's a wicked charm to his honesty, even if it is jaded. He's no role model, and doesn't claim to be, but this black-and-white mentality throughout Chronicles is when Spaceghostpurrp really exposes himself as rap artist devoid of tricks and gimmicks to convince his audience he's something he's not.

The allure behind Spaceghostpurrp's presence as an artist is how he handles production, with a clear desire and embrace of past. Opener "Mystikal Maze" nods to early 90s Three 6 Mafia, as a hazy cloud of smoke buzzes in sympathy of a throwed jam for strolls down neon strips. People often mistake this atmospheric production as part of the emerging "cloud rap" scene, but Spaceghostpurrp has always been an awkward contemporary amongst the sentimentally charged Lil B and Clams Casino. Spaceghost paints a much bleaker picture, heard best on the rebooted "Suck A Dick 2012", as it's been castrated of all hints of innocence with a dark-matter drone slowly grating against distant porn samples in revolt of cynics and skeptics.

The production throughout Chronicles leans to old video games and Memphis tape fuzz, and in some respects to lo-fi vanguards such as James Ferraro and Hype Williams. The video game themes were obvious on last year's Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6, scattering Mortal Kombat samples throughout his mixes. It's subtle here, but the rain forest instrumentation scattered throughout "Get Yah Head Bust" evokes images of Tomb Raider and Turok, planting in a grey and damped atmosphere. The lo-fi quality heard throughout the hushed rhymes of "No Evidence", met with organic chimes and other sterile noises that sound filtered through a cassette tape. Not every song works as well, the grating "Grind On Me" and "Paranoid" lack a convincing hook, and after a while the album itself can feel a little repetitive after almost an hour run time, but most of the album does work as a long, dazed trip of hallucinated narrative.

It's in the definition of "Raider" that Chronicles can be truly analyzed: a thief, intruder, and aggressor. Thief as an artist taking already present ideas from his past albums (about half the songs here) and past eras, and morphing them into something new, relevant, and interesting. Intruder as someone challenging the context of rap music, through his unique peripheral eye for production. And aggressor, as an artist fighting to stay creative and on the top of his game. The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp succeeds on these levels, documenting the head space of a horny emcee with a fetish for the past ready to duct tape haters and prove he's worthy of the loot. A real raider in search of X marking the spot.



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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mystical Maze: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ilFR4VM2c
Tha Black God: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBDOzmT0kYM
No Evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gwunNXd20M

Straight outta '91.

chambered49
May 31st 2012


1727 Comments


this is pretty ill

elephantREVOLUTION
May 31st 2012


2761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review. i still gotta listen to this

NickelbackFTL
May 31st 2012


230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really liking this. Interesting hearing all the higher-quality versions of songs off of Blvcklvnd Rvdix and Gxx xx Bxxxk

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Any fans of DJ Screw or the whole Memphis scene from the '90s should get on this immediately.

Jash
June 1st 2012


4244 Comments


anyone have a link for this???

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 1st 2012


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haven't even listened to this guy yet, pretty impressed

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do Jash.

gabethepiratesquid
June 1st 2012


4521 Comments


idk how I feel about this. I mean I feel like he tried to remaster a lot of tracks that were SUPPOSED
to sound good lo-fi like Grind on Me which kind of ruined them. I hope when he makes new songs he'll
make them sound better mastered and everything (like the Keep it G beat, Pretty Flacko, T.A.P., Mink
Rug, etc.)

BallsToTheWall
June 1st 2012


44606 Comments


Bill Romanowski my nigga

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

daIceman
June 3rd 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am not overwhelmed not at all

daIceman
June 17th 2012


402 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

can't get into this

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 18th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've read alot of complaints on how this is a simply watered down version of his older tapes, though
I'd disagree. It lacks some of the gritty low end of his previous stuff, but that still doesn't mean
it's polished and sterile (ex: that whispery fuzz on 'Mystical Maze' & 'Tha Black God'). I think he
did a good job rebooting these tracks to give this album a nice cohesive tone from start to finish,
whereas his previous tapes sound scissor cut and all over the place. Feels more like an album and less
like a bunch of choice cuts. But, I suppose that's why they called them mixtapes.

KangarooSong
June 24th 2012


143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so fucking ominous and incredible. His production style and hooks really appeal to me. I have a feeling this album will be getting dozens and dozens of plays from me in the next month or so.

Also, I'm glad the mixing is better on this album than on his previous mixtape releases, but part of what has always captivated me about Purrp's sound is how it feels like it's been developed in a drug addict's basement with no regard for techniques that might make the music sound better. It made it more raw and creepy as fuck. Still, this is fantastic.

Digging: RATKING - So It Goes

Inveigh
July 21st 2012


25025 Comments


is chopped and screwed a different version of this?

edit: ugh yea it is

808muzik
July 29th 2012


955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Shit, I pretty much hate all of this except black god.

Digging: Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait

dbizzles
August 18th 2012


303 Comments


I like most of this. It is pretty solid. I just don't like some of his vocal loops and samples. Production and mixing is top-notch.

sniper
September 1st 2012


19076 Comments


he just released the instrumentals from this for free. i like this album okay but he's really a far better producer than rapper so obviously this is good news.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"but he's really a far better producer than rapper"

The truth, a damn shame too. Hopefully he'll only get better though

sniper
December 19th 2012


19076 Comments


if this dude was half as good a rapper as he is a producer he would be a force of nature.



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