Posts Tagged ‘Rvdxr Klvn’

Historically, Rap crews generally tend to develop locally, but groups of like-minded artists coming together through the internet has been in practice for well over a decade now, as archaic forms of internet communication like AOL chatrooms and hip hop message boards gave emcees and producers a way to collaborate at a distance and form new duos, groups, and crews, sometimes without having ever met one another.  The dawn of Myspace only made this type of remote collaboration easier and more common, and developments like facebook, youtube, twitter, dropbox, tumblr, and soundcloud have made it commonplace.  Still, it is unusual to find a crew as large as SpaceGhostPurrp’s Raider Klan, with so much interconnection in their music, and so many remote outposts and crew members so dedicated to a similar purpose.  Furthermore the Raider Klan like one of their early influences NWA has shown an early ability to influence the development of similarly themed rap crews all over the map.

The Raider Klan’s inter-regional membership accentuates their most interesting sonic characteristics – their post-regional surrealist nostalgic phonk, made up of a concoction of mid-90’s Memphis underground, early 90’s diasporic G-funk, RZA’s early 90’s layering of film sound effects (in this case often video game samples from Mortal Kombat or the moans of female porn stars), and occasional hints of Miami Bass.  Listening to Raider Klan is like listening to rap in a bizarro alternate dimension where the dominant influences on the commercial rap scene were Screw tapes, Memphis underground tapes from artists like Three 6 Mafia, Frayser Click, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, double time midwest artists like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Crucial Conflict, early nineties West Coast NWA, D.O.C., Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Texas hardcore rap, hints of early 90’s 5%er influenced Afrocentricity, Mortal Kombat arcade games, codeine, and robitussin and they all arrived hermetically sealed in a time capsule in the basement of each member along with a bag of OG Kush and a SpaceGhostPurrp decoder ring.  While chronologically many of those things occured during roughly the same time period, Raider Klan is made up predominantly of 90’s babies, who either absorbed much of this era through the passion of their parents and older family members, or through thorough research of youtube archivists who have made so many things from the early and mid-nineties readily available for nostalgic 30/40 somethings, or intrigued youth.

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SpaceGhostPurrp – “Black God”

“I don’t have money, I don’t have cars / all I got is the truth and a couple of bars.” – SpaceGhostPurrp – “Mystikal Maze”

Rap artists, whether producers or rappers, come in a myriad form, but there are very few rap artists who have a truly visionary perspective and impact.  Artists who are able to not only create a new lane for themselves, but carve out a new niche in the rap game large enough for other like-minded individuals to follows suit and potentially find success.  Some artists, like The RZA or even Lil’ B, are able to create musical movements that cross the boundaries of the musical world into the spiritual world and inspire a cultish following of artists and fans.  Musical revivalism has been a strong theme throughout 21st Century hip hop, whether it’s been the Cool Kids reviving the striped down stabs of the 80’s, various producers trying to recapture the grimy mid-nineties SP1200/MPC-60/Akai950 crafted classics of the 5 boroughs, or the revitalization of country rap tunes by the likes of K.R.I.T. and Burn One.  More recently, within the last couple of years really, SpaceGhostPurrp, his affiliated Raider Klan (known in part for their specialized alphabet which excludes the use of vowels), and others in his more extensive circle, have brought about a new form of revivalism that combines both a sense of history beyond their years and a creative and innovative energy rarely paralleled on today’s rap scene.

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