It's a miracle that the California rap scene has been able to develop the way it has. Even though most people spend their time sending verses over iChat without ever actually entering the studio together, much of California (LA specifically) has been left to develop and rework its sound with relatively little musical cross-pollination from anywhere else—even when dudes come from outside to guest on songs, it's them tailoring their sound to the sound of the city in question. "My Coopdeville" is produced by Bangladesh who, amid spaced-out drums and the kind of super-clean production Dr Dre fell into on 2001, is firmly in the mode where he takes a sound that initially seems annoying—in this case it's an oscillating whistle that sounds like a pitched up recording of someone scratching their fingers on a balloon—and makes it surprisingly listenable. More notable though, is how he's taking his production hallmarks and stacking them on top of years of LA rap history to make something that fits within his discography while still sounding like it has west coast roots.
May 19, 2010