Friends and lovers –
Welcome back to the Thursday HiFi – our staff-curated selection of the best new music and sonic experiences from across the Elsewhere-verse. This week is headlined by new releases from 1tbsp, Wavedash, and Brutalismus3000 + some of the Elsewhere Staff's favorite collabs.
This week on the HiFi ↓
6 new tracks we love this week:
Sometimes they do come true…
The State of Bay Area Rap
Bay Area rap saw it’s cultural peak in the late 90s and 2000s with the “hyphy movement” being brought in by artists like Keak Da Sneak and the ever-iconic Mac Dre – who then passed the torch to legends like E-40 and Too $hort. Out west, the Bay is still ghost riding whips and keeping the sideshow culture alive, but the rap scene has moved away from the dance-forward beats of the hyphy era. By the mid 2010s, artists like Shoreline Mafia and SOB X RBE were taking off with a darker and more aggressive sound, with shades of the bouncy, funky bass lines of the region’s past. The two groups have since disbanded, bringing in a new era of Bay Area rappers that are more open to influence from hubs like LA and South Florida. Take Larry June, who adopted laid back SoCal beats but kept the off-the-wall Bay Area bars. Here’s a primer on some of the Bay Area’s current wave makers –