Hes signed to Kanyes label, divided opinion at the BET awardings and been accused of ripping off Future but is there more to him than satisfies the eye?
Last year, Brooklyn rapper Desiigner crashed into the spotlight with Panda, a catchy trap track that likens a white BMW X6 to the endangered mammal. Within months of the track surfacing, the 19 -year-old rapper was signed to GOOD Music by the labels newly appointed president, Pusha T, and the signing was announced soon after by label boss Kanye West at his Yeezy Season 3 event. Wests album cut Pt 2 featured a rather prominent sample of Panda, which was criticized as a blatant bite of Atlanta rapper Future, who rendered two number 1 albums last year: Dirty Sprite 2 and What A Time To Be Alive with Drake. The comparing isnt without its flaws, but it has far more merit than Action Bronsons resemblance to Ghostface Killah or when some rap fans believed Your Old Droog to secretly be Nas. You dont have to listen too hard to hear Panda as Future cosplay.
Panda is clearly influenced by Futures highly influential running, a stretching among the most prolific in rap history. It attempts to synthesize the most basic elements of Future makes into a serviceable rapper-suit: the auto-tune coated croakings, the hammering nature of some of his most fearsome cadences( Same Damn Time, and Sh! t, for example ), and his chant-like recitations( Racks and Jumpman ). Even the lyrics to Panda read like a generator spitting out garbled content from Future ballads( I get broads in Atlanta/ Twistin dope, lean, and the Fanta isnt much of a stretching from Im rolling strong weed inside the Phantom/ Im just a street nigga from Atlanta/ We set the codeine inside a Fanta from Futures Jordan Diddy ). The sung and Desiigner have received the ire of the #FutureHive and raised eyebrows from even casual commentators. He isnt the first rapper( or musician) to mold himself in the likeness of a popular superstar, but he are you all right might be the laziest.
In the weeks that followed the Future revelation, Panda climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, getting a folksy pop cover, and eventually running platinum in several countries. Its been a bigger made than any ballad of Futures. But whats been most astonishing about this run is watching a ballad this boring become so trendy, and find Desiigner double down by releasing a full mixtape of Panda variations.
Desiigners story is an interesting one. The rapper turned a beat he purchased online for $200 originally labeled in its YouTube description a Meek Mill-Ace Hood Type Beat into a cosign from the worlds most popular rap superstar. If he isnt playing Future, then hes playing someone else. As MTV News critic Meaghan Garvey points out, his sound is heavily indebted to Chicagos drill scene, mimicking tumbling cadences from rappers like G Herbo( FKA Lil Herb) and Lil Bibby. Its a little bit like watching one of those Michael Jordan-Kobe Bryant mirror-image highlight reels( merely instead of Kobe, its Nick Young ). Hes committed to the role.
The few samples of his early music remaining on the web are vignettes of other rap starrings: Desiigner fashioning himself shadow puppets in the likenesses of Kid Cudi, Travis Scott or Kevin Gates. His recently released debut mixtape, New English( a fitting title for a rapper who has mostly produced indecipherable verses ), scans as parody that turns on the sonic prospers of Chief Keef( Da Day ), Waka Flocka Flame( Monstas& Villains) and, of course, Future( Roll Wit Me, Caliber ).
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