Kitty Pryde, “Orion’s Belt (feat. Riff Raff)”

I saw this the day it premiered but it took a rewatch on Friday to get me hooked on Kitty Pryde. Now I’ve listened to her new EP Haha, I’m Sorry about ten times and drilled the hazy elephant-walk beat of this track deep into my brain. The 19 year-old rapper met up with Riff Raff in Daytona Beach for a spur of the moment recording session and video shoot, and the low-budget result is garish and off-putting (sorta like Riff Raff himself.)

Kitty’s rhythm is effortless, and her cadence so detached— I see her hair and can’t help but imagine a rapping Lana Del Rey. Riff Raff, on the other hand, is the definition of effort. His halting verses sound like he’s actually making his tangential cultural references up on the spot. Sometimes his coherence suffers (he rhymes “rhinoceros” and “immaculate” right off the bat) but there are occasional flashes of brilliance (your girlfriend’s vagina smells like Bumblebee Tuna/ she duct-taped me to the dumpster otherwise I would have left sooner Riff!/)

Riff Raff just signed to Mad Decent for untold stacks (rumored $3 mil???) while Kitty Pryde hangs out with the likes of Danny Brown and Childish Gambino. I hope to see more of both.

wee! I can rap/ I’m not mean but you’re wack/


Game of Bridesmaids

I browsed “Game of Bridesmaids” for a moment, hoping that someone would use an actual reference rather than a simple screencap of diplomatic conversation. Then my hopes were impregnated.

Diplo, “No Problem (feat. Flinch & My Name Is Kay)”

Listening to his new EP Express Yourself, it’s easy to forget that Diplo is the mind behind all six tracks. A variety of contributors (10! Over six songs!) and sub-genres (6? I think?) mixes up your expectations, but Diplo’s hard-edged sexy sound slathered over each beat keeps you grounded and, ultimately, sated. “No Problem” pairs deep house synths with a rattling siren during the verses, then that siren slips a notch more delicate for the chorus kickdrum. Just when you think it’s possibly funky enough, a shredding electro riff punches along to the beat, and you don’t know whether to grind up on the nearest warm body or inflict headbang-whiplash on yourself. A surprise standout from a powerhouse EP. Check it.