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Rob Roy freaks his own homecoming to 168 BPM on “BASED”

Borrowing from the dancehall and jungle worlds.

February 17, 2020

Although he may have hit your radar in 2010 with his video for "Fur In My Cap," Rob Roy has finally come to terms with representing the first real groove in music that he could call his own. The Jacksonville artist, who now lives in Los Angeles, tapped into his teenage mind like when he would sneak in Bigga Rankin's dancehall sets on 92.7 FM on Sunday nights from Cool Runnings at Club Carousel at night. But it also draws from the people like a kid named Jaren at his high school who had crates of happy hardcore and jungle white label records from the UK.

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What you get is "BASED," in which Rob Roy's self-described "very based" lyrics meet a rapid jungle beat: "With the line 'the bitch is gone, the based Elon,' I was thinking Elon Musk as an abstraction. The Grimes break-up rumors, his tweets, the weed smoking on Joe Rogan, his wild ideas as a singular risk-taker that doesn’t care what other people think. That’s based."

Photo: Adam Davis

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Rob Roy freaks his own homecoming to 168 BPM on “BASED”