Technically, this week’s AOTW isn’t a singular artist, but rather a group of artists who’ve come together to form the collective known as Barf Troop. They’re a bunch of badass girls making rap tracks and they all have pretty clever stage names: Babe Field, Justin Baber, Babeo Baggins, Baberella Fox, and Babenstein. They hail from all over the United States, but met each other through Tumblr and subsequently began making music together. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me. Barf Troop is pure girl power — they doing what they love, no matter what anyone else may tell them. In “The World Is Yours,” there’s a line that says, “it’s time for something new and we’re doing it; we’re breaking all the rules, we’re still schooling them.” HELL YEAH.
I’ve been a fan of the group ever since I heard their Summerslime mixtape a few years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. Barf Troop’s music is creative, clever, relatable, and even pretty funny at times. Rapping over generic beats found on the internet, to math rock tracks, to covers of folk songs, these girls know how to put their signature flair on any and all tracks made. On one of my personal favorite tracks, “Mafamatics,” Babeo Baggins raps over a beat from a Vine video. Really.
Believe me when I say that I’ve spent a very long time trying to figure out what genre Hannah Diamond (and her fellow PC Music cohorts) falls into. She’s pop, but not quite pop. Edgier? More saccharine? Definitely electronic, but almost exclusively so. Her music seems like it was made entirely using computers, no instruments. The list could go on and on, but the point of this is that Hannah Diamond is virtually impossible to lump into only one genre, if at all. In today’s world, everyone is scrambling to smack labels on whatever new music comes out, leading to (sometimes) ridiculous and obscure names in an attempt to explain whatever song / artist you’re listening to. If I were to come up with a genre, it would be something along the lines of sparklewave or ringtonecore. (I’ve even heard the phrase “glitter trap” thrown around.) Disgusting, right?
Evan: Well, we met a long time ago at this music camp Day Jams. It was this weird rock and roll music day camp for little kids to go to. But recently, I was going to school at JMU and his significant other at the time was going to JMU and we met up and started making music after not really talking to each other for like 12 years or something like that. We’ve just kind of been doing this thing ever since.
Over the past couple of days I’ve found myself listening to a lot of Gucci Mane. Not The State vs. Radric Davis, but NEW Gucci. His collaborations with the likes of Young Thug, Migos and Peewee Longway have shaped modern Southern hip-hop. Although known for his rapping and antics Gucci Mane is also a great businessman. From smart signings to consistent content, Guop has been a staple of hip-hop for better or worse.
People love Gucci Mane. Almost any time I tell people about a new Gucci discovery they are intrigued. Something about the beat selection, interesting flows and trap lyrics make the combination oddly pleasing. Do I relate to Gucci Mane? Honestly no, but the catchiness of his music has been the reason he’s still in the spotlight. It makes me excited and ready for anything, whether it be a party or a test. It’s not always quality music but his gems are known throughout.
Full disclosure, this post was originally written for L.A. label HW&W’s 1.5 day-long Bandcamp free for all. Although it’s ended, not all hope is lost–16 of the albums on their Bandcamp are still available for free while the others are affordable, with prices ranging from $3-$10. I’ve taken it upon myself to cycle through the free ones to make up for this semi-late PSA and to introduce one of my favorite labels, Huh What & Where.