Babe Rainbow sounds like Clams Casino, here. The ambient rap trend is much like Chopped & Screwed, it’s an art that very few people take the time to really perfect. Thankfully, this is not one of those moments. Oh, and ambient rap is a lot like Chopped & Screwed because of the narcotic, I just downed some codeine vibe that it has on you when done right. You already knew that, though
“As we are close in on SXSW 2011, there are a lot of acts that I’m excited to see, and many more that I’m sure I’ll be excited when I accidentally see drunk in the hot sun at 11:30am- but one of the former is the BC,CA DJ & composer Babe Rainbow. Don’t let the name fool you, his electronic compositions are a dark, mesmerizing mix of synths, stabs, verbed-out scratches, samples, washes and beats that transcend your typical instrumental one-man-show. Woven into these tracks are a slew of phenomenal chopped-n’-screwed numbers that maintain his twilight undertones, merging his catalog in a digestible and enjoyable way. Sewn together with a definite aesthetic finesse, and backed by the excellent Warp label, home to acts like Battles, Grizzly Bear and !!!, I suspect that we are only just seeing rumblings of the sleeping volcano that is Babe Rainbow.”—Party Ends » Blog Archive » babe rainbow: pig in the city
Who better to produce a brooding, existential rap epic than our buddy Babe Rainbow? Here he makes Oakland duo Main Attrakionz even more tense than usual, hanging over their heads like a creepy, ominous cloud.
At first, the combination of spa-ready atmospherics and hip-hop flow made Lil B’s Rain in England seem like a joke. Now, however, less over-the-top lyricists are occupying similar terrain as they drop rhymes over hazy soundscapes. Take Oakland duo Main Attrakionz , who have just dropped some verses on a new track produced by Vancouver’s own Babe Rainbow.
Anyone familiar with BR knows that this is no spa music, but the work of Cam Reed does pride itself on bleak emotions rather than traditional song structures or hooks. On “Who Am I,” it’s all synth haze and murkiness before the Attrakionz come in, bringing a drum beat with them.
Main Attrakionz “Who Am I” (prod. by Babe Rainbow)
BR did great work on this song. The beat is ambient hop — something like if Jel tried to make a Black Milk track sound like it was recorded in an cavernous space crater, and lacks the traditional song structure of most Main Attrakionz records — there’s nothing really resembling a chorus, and verses often trail off into a narcotic nod.
This is the soundtrack to when you find yourself outside the Earth’s atmosphere after a night of heavy partying.