On first look, the duo RPxSB give off two particular vibes: Bay Space and MF DOOM. We’re uncertain if the latter is an affect on Roddy Picante and Keep-Bizzy, or Rock Plaid and Survive Bullshxt, however the a number of pseudonyms, sturdy visible aesthetic and versatile type of their current Creatures album collection definitely could remind hip hop followers of the lately handed rap legend. Equally, the Bay Space (RPxSB hail from San Francisco), can also be kown for producing innovative artists. The weirder-than-weird artwork scene there may be accountable for the innovative types of E40, Andre Nickatina, Too $hort and, after all, Tupac Shakur. Following in these illustrious footsteps, RPxSB’s Creatures could put this duo on the identical Bay Space map.
RPxSB aren’t precisely new; their YouTube channel goes again to 2014, the place the buddies started releasing “spit clips,” movies the place they rapped collectively over standard beats. Roddy Picante additionally has a couple of solo tracks launched round 2015, nevertheless it appears they deided early on that working collectively was higher. It definitely seems to be extra enjoyable if their movies are something to go by.
The duo has posted numerous these clip-style movies in addition to in-studio and enjoyable photographs of their life whereas creating (or partying) over the previous seven-odd years, and it was a wise transfer to doc all this chaos. It gave a face and a vibe to RPxSB lengthy earlier than they had been doing extra structured albums and movies for authentic tracks. The duo contemplate themselves filmmakers on high of being hip hop artists. These high-quality movies the place followers can get to know the blokes will make them really feel like they’re coming alongside for the trip.
Flash ahead to 2 years in the past, RPxSB started working in earnest on authentic tracks and launched their first LP, Audioporn. Their movie manufacturing enterprise, now referred to as Mobligated Movies, additionally solidified with the discharge of the primary video from this album, “SamOl.” The occasion vibes had been nonetheless there along with his tongue-in-cheek shot at Pussy Riot, however their sound from this album on could be a bit mroe grounded in indie rap and, dare we are saying it, aware hip hop.
Stated aware rap was tempered with a wholesome dab of irony, as soon as once more A’la MF DOOM or Odd Future, nevertheless it’s there nonetheless by way of all RPxSB’s releases over the previous three years, and there have been many. The duo launched two full-length albums in 2020 and two lengthy EPs (one other type of collection) and an album, an EP and a one-off single in 2021. That’s nothing in comparison with 2022: the three Creatures albums are their second, third and fourth long-plays this 12 months, and it’s solely September. That’s numerous work.
We’ve established that these two undoubtedly put the work in, however their type makes it appear easy. As with a extremely good dancer or actor, audiences watching RPxSB’s movies or listening to Creatures will get misplaced on the planet these two expert rappers create. It comes each from the stream and the manufacturing on this case. With a various producion type starting from funk to lure and each Roddy and Bizzy having glorious vocal timbres and lyrical prowess, it’s actually a can’t-miss.
Act I of the Creatures collection is Issues that Kill Me Inside, launched August 26. Opening with a clean, semi-atmostpheric monitor referred to as “Skyfall,” the introspective tone of Act I is ready from bounce. The beat on “Skyfall” is minimal because the duo flex their rapping muscle mass. No mumble rap or one phrase per bar right here; the flows roll off these golden tongues sooner and smoother than the hip hop world has heard from anybody in years. In addition they change types fairly simply. “Skyfall” has a type of Mike Jones-meets-MF vibe the place the jazzy, in some way much more chill second monitor “Climate Patterns” has a extra gravely, syncopated format a’la Nas or fellow Bay Space artist E40. Act I closes with “Indie Playlists,” a spotlight of the entire collection the place the pair reminisce concerning the golden age of hip hop. A favourite of the aritsts themselves, yet one more well-produced black and white mini movie with 90s vibes that match the track.
Act II: Boar, dropped on September 2, predictably has a a lot totally different vibe than the primary act. No much less introspective in lyrics, the music and verse are extra aggressive, as is the subject material. Second monitor “Kevin Nash” is downright creepy, giving Geto Boys’s “Thoughts Taking part in Methods on Me” vibes, whereas the trappy “Fentanyl” that includes Actual Ones is has a chill but eerie high quality. The creepily named closing monitor “The Demon Hour” is surprisingly pretty peaceable with actually fascinating sound design.
Act III: JOPO simply dropped final week on September 9 and it probably the most lighthearted installment of Creatures. Primarily based on the cartoonish album artwork for every installment (Issues That Kill Me Inside is a smiley face surrounded by medicine and Boar is, effectively, a boar), JOPO is a type of clownish character and the album has extra foolish vibes, at the very least musically. Additionally taking from the golden age of clowns, there’s a great deal of 50s and 60s sampling in tracks like “Unhealthy Lemons” and “Bip Metropolis Blues.” JOPO can also be in all probability the funkiest of the three installments, taking the soiled south and Houston undertones to the forefront. We had been proper to identify that Mike Jones type, it appears, because the closing monitor right here, “281-330-8004,” is a callback to a lyric in Jones’s “Again Then” hit from 2005 and it’s additionally sampled within the monitor.
In a good music world, the Crreatures collection could be blowing up already. With vocal and lyrical chops that rival the greats like DOOM and Nas, indie uniqueness like their Bay Space neighbors E40 and Nickatina and soiled south funk like Mike Jones, RPxSB are nearly too good for this period of hip hop. With various type, epic flows and one thing for everybody, if you happen to like actual, good hip hop, do your self a favor and change into one of many Creatures.