SpaceGhostPurrp: Phonky Superhero

SpaceGhostPurrp, who hails from Miami's Carol City neighborhood, emerged in 2011 as a new name to remember amid the hordes of rappers that followed in the wake of Odd Future's breakout success. Spelling his name and album titles in bizarre characters and professing a devotion to Three 6 Mafia's lo-fi horrorcore rap, SpaceGhostPurrp became an internet meme through a popular mixtape, Blackland Radio 66.6, leading to a deal with XL Recordings (the label behind OF's Tyler, the Creator) and an official debut, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp.

Mysterious Phonk seems deliberately made to elicit divisive, love-it-or-hate-it reactions. SpaceGhostPurrp's production aesthetic consists of simple keyboard patterns arranged into bleak taunts like "Bringing the Phonk" and "No Evidence." Impressively, he doesn't rely on the slowed-down growls the way rappers more typically pay homage to the aesthetic of the late Houston pioneer DJ Screw. He evokes the "screwed" effect through those keyboard arrangements, multiplies them until they feel like a strange, hallucinogenic drone—or a bad acid trip. SpaceGhostPurrp stands out as an example of the new trill wave, the latest product of the Dirty South rap movement. – Mosi Reeves, Google Play

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