Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Cattle Heard #2 : The Trip


The Trip

By Aramis
The Trip
    The emotions have bubbled to the surface. I’m home. It feels different this time. I just had the time of my life and I have returned home to a place that won’t be my home for much longer. In the past two weeks, I have experienced a joy that rivals almost everything else that has brought me joy in my 27 years here on Earth. I went on “The Trip” and it was awesome as OG would say! 
    Life has taught me that everything has a beginning and an end and the space in between those two things often vary and at times can be extremely unexpected. When we got in the van on the sunny afternoon of August 7th I knew that “The Trip” would be over by the 19th and I’d be home and back to work by the 20th. What I didn’t know was that on that very same Monday, the missed call that was sitting on my phone as the van drove away from Tacoma was to inform me something else had already come to an end. While on his lunch break, my friend Marquin was struck by lightning and passed away. 
    The truth is me and Marquin haven’t talked much since high school but the news hit me surprisingly hard. It’s sad. We are from the same place and the older I get it seems like fewer and fewer people understand what that means. I grew up in Lakewood, Washington, and although it's right next to Tacoma it has its own unique culture and Marquin was a fixture of that. He made me want to be “cool” he was a star athlete and simply hilarious, he was there the first time I ever smoked weed. Rest In Peace Marquin. 
    A lot has changed since that Monday. I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime in a matter of two weeks in the best way possible. I don’t ever wanna take my life for granted because my life is awesome and I’m old enough and mature enough to know life is not awesome for everyone. In the last 8 months, I’ve experienced some of my highest highs and lowest lows and I wouldn’t trade one second of that for anything.
    I love music, I love my life, and I love my friends and family. I wanna shout out the trip and everyone who was a part of it. The last two weeks brought back my child like wonder and joy that I started to fear I might have lost forever. I will hold these memories with me for the rest of my life. Feels like the perfect end of this chapter of my life. Goodbye, Tacoma… Hello Los Angeles

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Cow Tipping: EvilGiane’s Sample Renaissance

EvilGiane’s Sample Renaissance 

By Theo Meranze

When I first heard Flight Facilities internet classic Crave You I was (allegedly) a twelve-year-old gamer, and it was (allegedly) in a Call of Duty montage I made. That period of my life is thankfully over, but the fragmented remnants of it come to me in mostly embarrassing flashes of nostalgia—- an accidental foray into an old YouTube account, a random 7 eleven playlist, and perhaps most surprisingly, a few years ago, a mesmerizing flip orchestrated by producer and “sample drill” pioneer Evilgiane. While my first impression of the track was mainly rooted in the shock and awe of my nostalgia, I quickly fell in love with the song in its own right.

    As I began to explore Giane’s discography, I found myself shocked by the cleverness of his ear. He understands how to abuse a catchy loop like the best boom-bap purists, but has developed his own style scaffolded by drill rhythms, unique samples, and gen-z rap aesthetics. 

    My favorite Giane beats are surprising in nature. They’re well made and don't take themselves too seriously, supported by recognizable samples that don’t feel played out. This ability to flip an eye-catching sample while maintaining its inner quality is from my perspective Giane’s greatest strength. He’s also not afraid to venture into realms of music typically strayed away from by hip-hop beat makers, crafting beats from Punk, Folk, and Pop, songs as well as more traditionally sampled R&B and soul tracks. 

    Polo Perks 2021 record Punk Goes Drill, an album best explained by its title, is filled with such Giane beats. Who Killed Kenny, for example, turns the recognizable lick from MakeDamnSure’s Taking Back Sunday into an anthemic drill texture. It was inventive and simple tracks like this that have made me fall in love with Giane’s style, a style that Giane stated in an interview with Complex sees itself as a nod toward the historically sample-heavy production of East Coast hip hop mixed with Jersey Club. 

    While I admittedly lost track of Giane’s whereabouts over the last year, I was pleasantly surprised to be seeing his name everywhere over the last couple of months. Giane has recently had a slew of big-name industry collaborations with the likes of Earl SweatshirtPink-Pantheress, and perhaps most impressively, Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar. Giane crafted the beat for the duo's viral hit The Hillbillies, where he flipped the Bon Iver track “PDLIF”, ironically originally containing a sample flip of its own

    Watching Giane be welcomed by some of rap’s artistic vanguard has been exciting and signals a much-needed shift in regards to the genre’s understanding of what it means to sample. While experimental beat-makers like Knxwledge, Mndsgn, and Flying Lotus have for years been pushing the boundaries of the sample in the 21st century, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen an entirely new, pop-oriented sub-genre of hip-hop choose the sample as one of its premier tools of shock & awe.

    To me, Giane and the style he’s pioneering are some of the most exciting developments in rap in a long time. I’m excited to see if the industry adapts to them, and if they do, what effects it could have on the genre at-large. The next step for Giane is to figure out how to expand into the never-before-seen nuances of the style he’s helped create. If he can do that, I could see him joining the coveted historical vanguard of ahead of their time beat makers. In a time where rap seems to be in an arms race toward its own reinvention, Giane seems to be leading the pack. We just have to wait and see where he takes it.

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