Many words have been logged about Mr. Carmack’s (on Pharrell’s left) schizophrenic Soundcloud activity. He’ll drop a few bangers, let them sit, delete EVERYTHING and bless the world with more heatrock. His moves put pressure on fans to take in as many plays as possible before their new favorite leaves the web forever.
Let’s set aside time for some honesty. I don’t know how to classify his beats. He makes rap stuff but it’s not the rappity-rap I grew up with. He makes trap yet it’s not derivative fodder prime for an urban radio playlist. Then he messes around with some Toro Y Moi inspired cut fit for Ryan J. aka Yung Jorts Gawd. The kid is all over the place but, as long as his output keeps matching his high standards, there’s no need for alarm.
The kids call it “future beats” or whatever but I grew to despise that term. It carries an air of pretentiousness I’d rather not associate with jams playing genre-Twister.
Well, whatever it is, it’s on point and I want more of it. TDE and Pharrell seem to agree. His placement on Isaiah Rashad’s album and unannounced song with Skateboard P serve as noteworthy steps in his young career.
The following tracks got the most play out of Carmack’s recent batch of records. “Ones” stands as a personal favorite, though. It’s a nearly four minute soundtrack to the good life with chords, drums and soft synths looped to perfection. Each listen brings me one step closer to spring and away from the worst winter in recent memory.
The song got a few spins on Soulection radio last year but I didn’t have any leads to its metadata. So its origins haunted me until this guy revealed it as a joint effort with Kaytranada. Here’s hoping he let’s the song ride for a minute along with the rest of these tracks.