Any track featuring DOOM is going to be an event. Now match him with the ever-inventive, producing-savant Flying Lotus and you have a match made in heaven. See “Between Villains” for their latest pairing, part of Adult Swim’s music catalog. Here DOOM finally washes away many fans disappoints with his uninspired, lazy flows of late for two sped-up, beat-blazing verses that breath new life into the two decade-old rapper. This is accomplished in large part thanks to Flying Lotus’ rhythmic production, churning drum loops and atmospheric highs match with DOOM’s trademarked monotone voice. Soaring synth collages signal the end of each bar, as simple, direct twinkling snaps and claps mold underneath DOOM’s brewing voice. For fans longing of the pair’s next mash-up, “Masquatch” delivers in all sorts of ways. Flying Lotus has been the lone producer of late to succeed in rising DOOM out of his slumber to instill fiery unique, lavishly dank, and murky-ridden verses that complement the You’re Dead! producer so well. The track, so perfect for a late-night drive down the cityscape whilst being featured on the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, eerily sways and suspiciously slithers around, bleak, uncompromising, supremely villain-like. If DOOM is still able to pull bars like this there’s no telling where his career can go if he ever so chooses to get it lifted off the ground.
Flying Lotus leaves the jazz fusion of You’re Dead!, his newly released album, for a minute and returns to some pretty straightforward hip hop beats on his Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack contribution “Medication Meditation”. The track features lyrics from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Krayzie Bone, backround vocals from Niki Randa and live bass play provided by Thundercat. The beats are haunting and nocturnal, while leaving plenty of space for Krayzie Bone’s to spit his rapid flows. But as with all of FlyLo’s best work, “Medication Meditation” is about three minutes too short.
You can read our review of You’re Dead! here.
His Kendrick Lamar featured “Never Catch Up” was no doubt a killer, but on “Coronus, the Terminator” Flying Lotus’ deep, jazz- and gospel-rooted beats are so alive it has its own pair of lungs. So if not before, this one truly makes him immortal.
Those anticipating the release of Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead, slated for release on October 7th, have been given the treat they’ve savored the most. That is, Kendrick Lamar, rapping over FlyLo’s stylistic brand of beat-making, rife with jazz-fusion and spacious IDM. Knowing not what the meshing of two current Hip-Hop greats would sound like, “Never Catch Me” is a pleasant surprise, capturing each artist in the midst of their obvious forte’s. Kendrick, per usual, spans his vocal range, swapping flows on a dime, all while maintaining the lyrical integrity his rapping insists upon. This is further instigated by Flying Lotus’ airy production, giving the rapper the space he needs to breathe effortlessly, devoid of any regulating beats that dictate the direction Lamar must take. Despite the good kid’s presence, FlyLo still dominates the track however, his techniques and sounds never being more apparent, especially on the latter third, as the track explodes into a cacophonous melody of constructed soundscapes.