Listen/Download: Domo Genesis & The Alchemist - Elimination Chamber (Ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples & Action Bronson)
“Elimination Chamber” is a subtle reminder why Odd Future own Hip-Hip.
No offense to Domo Genesis but what he accomplishes in a big way on this song is lay out a format for Earl Sweatshirt to put on display those intangibles that lead me to believe he might just be the greatest rapper making music today; he’s young, hungry,unapologetically honest, and more talented than Kanye and Jay-Z combined without having to sell-out to prove it (this is a personal opinion and does not reflect the other writers at LBYB who seem to actually enjoy previously mentioned generic rappers). The second he enters “Elimination Chamber” it transcends from being a solid track to commanding both attention and remembrance, the fact that he does it with an almost passive delivery gets me every time.
OFWGKTA are making a bold statement this month, with this early leak from the Alchemist produced No Idols as well as the new album from Frank Ocean owning the pages of nearly every blog, website, and tweet in the country, these guys have not only reached the upper-echelon, they are dominating it. For the first time they are doing it without riding the coat-tail of Tyler, The Creator which should not go unnoticed.
This track is the perfect opportunity for me to make my feelings clear; the fate of Hip-Hop belongs to Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$, Death Grips, and Oddisee. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt hope for this genre, now I’m just worried for anyone who gets in the way of it.
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Rising 17 year-old Hip-Hopper Joey Bada$$ is rising for a very good reason. He’s showing a talent and creativity in young rappers that’s really only matched by Earl Sweatshirt at the moment, and his debut mixtape 1999 shows this off perfectly.
Need proof? You can either watch the new video for “Waves” below, or go listen to “Survival Tactics”, one of the best tracks of the year to date.
For the past two years, the Odd Future collective seem to have been considered the best young rappers, but their gimmick seems to be getting, well… gimmicky. With his newly released debut mixtape, 1999, Joey Bada$$ seems to be taking the title of greatest young MC for the time being.
“Survival Tactics” is the mixtape’s highlight: a fast paced, no nonsense track that exemplifies what has been missing in our days of cloud rap and overproduced, frilly beats. Don’t get me wrong - I love guys like Danny Brown and Kendrick Lamar - I just think it’s refreshing to finally get someone in the game whose main focus is his rapping and storytelling. Even beyond that, this kid’s flow is impeccable, as he raps with the confidence and maturity of someone who’s been in the game for years.