Xavier Wulf and Bones
ダサい


3.0
good

Review

by oltnabrick USER (19 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2013 | 150 replies | 4,815 views


Release Date: 06/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rollin' and smoking and smoking and rollin'.

10 of 15 thought this review was well written

Throughout the past few years or so hip-hop's past cultures have made a huge come back. The egos, compositions, and even the feel of the culture has taken a retro step back, while somehow managing to progress and further itself. Former Raider Klan rapper, Ethelwulf, is setting himself apart, combing both the new age style with a vintage approach to his brand of hip hop, creating a unique anomaly within the culture. Elmo Kennedy (who I will refer to as Elmo Kennedy for the remainder of the review) also has a unique take on hip hop, although not nearly as successful in his sound as Ethelwulf. Elmo Kennedy combines a dark R&B sound together with early 90s Memphis rap.

The sound on ダサい is obviously a junction of both rappers styles. Part acid rap, part cloud rap and part mystic, dreamy, southern style a la Spaceghostpurrp. The beats chosen by Ethel Wulf and Elmo Kennedy are top notch; producers like Friendzone, Eric Dingus and Sucide Year are able to present an eerie yet peaceful atmosphere. The lyrics and deliveries of both the rappers properly fit the album and showcase the best both have to offer. Ethelwulf and Elmo Kennedy's lyrics are a little bit more meaningful than peers like A$AP Rocky or Spaceghostpurrp's. Ethelwulf's vocals work well with the cold, desolate and dream-like production. However, his vocals become overbearing at a few points on the album; the "I got 87 dollars for some LSD" line is repeated way to many times and gets in the way of the aesthetic feel that the song is trying to convey. The lyrics are not a revelation (like most of the rappers in this scene) and it would have be great to see more innovation on this aspect of the album to fit with the instrumentals.

Similar to most releases by rappers in this scene, ダサい drags towards the last few tracks. The shallow nature of the lyrics and the hazy sound of the instrumentals tend to blend together. But this is easy to forgive considering how strong the first half of this album is. But at the end of the day, Ethelwulf and Elmo Kennedy have still managed to create a unique album by combining many of the currently popular hip hop styles like cloud rap, acid rap, and trap while at the same time looking to the past for inspiration.

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oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


download and stream:

http://www.datpiff.com/Ethelwulf-Bones--mixtape.511496.html

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PunchforPunch
August 22nd 2013



5286 Comments


oltna 4 staff

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oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


the instrumentals are awesome but the lyrics really ruin this


I don't usually care about lyrics so they don't both me much but yeah the beats are definitely the
highlight on this

oltna 4 staff


lol

oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


Bones is shit

oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


Yeah kind of, check out Esham. He coined the term Acid Rap

oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


His first album is dec.

Quen
August 22nd 2013



1633 Comments


rules

oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


Idk I don't really listen to much "acid rap"



sniper
August 22nd 2013



18578 Comments


sounds dope i'm gonna get

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



48528 Comments


Damn son where'd you find this

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DamnVanne
August 22nd 2013



1727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is trap

oltnabrick
August 22nd 2013



29282 Comments


this is not trap lol


its more cloud rap

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



48528 Comments


Real



cloud



shit

DamnVanne
August 22nd 2013



1727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nm just enjoying a malt beverage u

PunchforPunch
August 22nd 2013



5286 Comments


jelqing

MikeC26
August 22nd 2013



3077 Comments


an oltna review? insta neg

(;

FourthReich
August 22nd 2013



15303 Comments


***Justin/'s Optometrist

MikeC26
August 22nd 2013



3077 Comments


Didn't actually neg btw

PunchforPunch
August 22nd 2013



5286 Comments


prob trebor or nathan flynn

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2013



17336 Comments


this is fucking awesome

i got 87 dollas for some lsd niggas

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