Like Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, San Jose rapper Antwon has heaps of cross-over appeal, already proven on this years’ intriguing but grainy In Dark Denim. That record broke considerably from his hardcore past, paving way for a broader audience with a muffled lo-fi production aesthetic sampling classic 80’s R&B (think B:I.G’s Juicy) while flirting with everything from acid house to contemporary trends in synth-pop.
This is a rapper decidedly more comfortable of rapping over shoegaze or punk than jazzy drumbreaks or funk samples. Not that surprisingly then that indie label Suicide Squeeze is behind his latest release and Lars Stalfors, the producer and engineer behind Mars Volta, is the man behind the mix-table. On “Dying In The Pussy” Antwon turns darker; chockfull of cinematic Carpenter-esq textures, suggestive of a codeine-dazed Kavinsky creation. It speaks to his strength, marrying a fascinating drugged-up ambiance with Antwon’s hardcore sexist lyrical content. Stylistically, “Dying In The Pussy” is a natural continuation of In Dark Denim and is on-par or even surpasses “Dark Denim” and “Werk 4 Me”, his two previous career highlights.
Highlights of In Dark Denim:
- Stream: Antwon, “Dark Denim (Sombear Remix)” (thefader.com)
- New Music: Young Pretty “DNA” Ft. Antwon Lacharm & Red Cafe @youngprettynyc (getmybuzzup.com)