After holding his own on Danny Brown's "Bruiser Brigade," fellow D representer DopeHead goes for dolo with "Airbags." It's the type of neo-retro record that makes rap bloggers feel perfectly comfortable throwing around words like "dolo." Or even "delf." It covers a lot of the same thematic territory that Danny does, in half battle rap/half frowning Detroit panoramas, but where Danny's all angst and ventilation, Dope ('Head?) is more subdued in his delivery. Add that to the mellow funk loop at its spine and there's something downright soothing about "Airbags." Or at least as close to soothing as a song that invokes sleepless nights haunted by gunshots and young pregnant girls crying on toilets can possibly be. Additionally, the award for Best Applied Kanye-Shrug In A Rap Video goes to Dopehead at 1:42.
September 22, 2011