WebsterX describes himself as “experimental,” and after listening to Desperate Youth, the self-assessment seems right. “Experimental” is a pretty great adjective from where I’m sitting, too. There’s a lot going on here from bars that are worth a damn to lush, complex beats handing the listener off from one track to the next.
Actual themes persist throughout as well. “I Grew Up On Hip-Hop” is a real highlight: equal parts an ode to early ’90s-era underground rap and an emulation of the style. That’s, like, a double entendre. Or something. Right?
Regardless, take a gander at what the Milwaukee emcee has going. “Hip-Hop,” “Iron Lung” and the title track are all good places to start, the latter of which has some nice visuals.
Stream the full LP below. Here’s to hoping we hear more soon.