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New moments of strange bliss from Chief Keef and Supa Bwe

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Supa Bwe as a child
  • Supa Bwe as a child
Starting last Thursday Chief Keef dropped six songs over the course of a handful of days. The flurry of activity is more remarkable than most of the music, though moments of bizarre pop clarity peek out through the occasionally shambolic production, most of which Keef handled himself—the Young Chop-helmed "Earned It" is the exception. Keef's weeping Auto-Tune singing on "Cashin," the collision of unearthly synth stabs on "Where's Waldo," and the melting steel-drum loops on the slow-burning bop cut "Money" showcase Keef's continual desire to chase whatever unusual idea is in his head, even if—and, more often, when—the results are in stark contrast to the anthemic gut-punching grandiosity of the songs that made him a phenomenon.

Keef's teased out several different soon-to-be-released full-length projects throughout the year, but nothing's come of it. Watching him drop several different songs in immediate succession coupled with the news that he's aiming to release a mixtape at the end of the month—Back From the Dead 2, which will apparently be quickly followed up with a mixtape called Gloyalty—means it's more likely that these full-lengths will actually see the light of day.

In the middle of Keef's spurt of releases Hurt Everybody's Supa Bwe dropped a solo EP, 10-4; the title refers to the rapper-producer's birth date, and he turned 25 on Saturday. Supa Bwe has a proclivity for experimentation, which is all over Hurt Everybody's great self-titled debut EP (it's actually as long as an album, but the group calls it an EP), and his most audacious turns on 10-4 are the most rewarding. The minute-and-a-half-long bonus track, "Birds," is a particular treat, as Supa Bwe busts out a sweet patois to rap-sing over a sleepy chiptune synth and what sounds like a minimal kettle-drum beat. It's equal parts moody and euphoric, and Supa Bwe hits the notes just right with his carefree performance. Take a listen to all of 10-4 below.

Leor Galil writes about hip-hop every Wednesday.

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