Updated: Jun 9, 2019
In an online music space filled with all ranges of amateurs and aspiring musicians, hip-hop has become the one genre which has largest entry-level in this last decade. For every successful independent artist like Chance the Rapper, there are at least three “industry plants” of a similar style and one hundred copycat rappers. Unfortunately, both of these categories are filled with rookies who lack true original style or emotional backstory to form a sustainable fanbase; failing to rise above the rest and fit into enough playlist algorithms of every music streaming platform. Usually these artists tend to resort to trippy and heavily distorted production, repetitive/catchy hooks, and a colorful, punk-style image that usually makes me ask,”What is this about? I need to understand this person’s insanity and motives."
But when I first listened to Aeons Elevator’s Huckle-Berry Smokewagon, his choice of production fit into the Bedroom Bands playlist and made me think “here we go again”. As the track continued, I was struck with a flow and vocal enunciation that forced me to focus on the story. I kept feeling like I had heard this voice before; like a combination of Logic and Atmosphere. Although his elements were familiar, I was drawn to press play once more. Upon a second listen, I heard a voice that simply needed a sub bass kick with soft snare to empty his mind into a smoke-filled ether.
But that is not meant to discount the wacky and “boom-bap” production from MookieFish. In addition to the drums (heavily inspired by late 90s/early 00s underground hip-hop), MookieFish delivers simple, yet zany synth keys with the occasional warped background vocals that substitute for an unnecessary hook, gives the instrumental a chance to breathe, and the listeners a chance to react to Aeons complex bars. My only concern is the title’s relation to the verses, but that is a shallow concern.
This song - rather, this artist - is definitely for the fans of artists signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment (Aesop Rock, Prof, Atmosphere, etc.). If you are looking to get into Aeons Elevator, be prepared to give each track two or three listens. This isn’t radio-friendly hip-hop. It’s “drive around in the evening, vent with your friends and smoke something green” music. Aeons Elevator is the artists sharing a therapy session with the listeners instead of pumping up the house party.
6.5/10 for the first listen 8.5/10 for the deep listen
Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primarily genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chillwave, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.