Call me weird but sometimes I enjoy hip hop beats without the rapper. Alot of times, when not listening to the greats, I find rap to be a little too busy, like “This beat is cool, but I with the dude would shut up.” There is something refreshing when you can remove the rapper but not the beat or melody.
AWE’s newest track “Crystals” fits into that category, albeit with a more maximalist force than what’s usually heard in hip hop, straddling the line between some trappy sounds, some synth pop and a hodge podge of other things. Ultimately, it sounds like something that was created to be rapped over, but don’t take that to mean this track is by any means incomplete. It’s a monster.