Rare2000s (feat. Antwon & Himself The Majestic) - Cities Aviv
Cloud rap collides with noisey anti-pop in this collaboration between Nature Boyz and Cities Aviv. Adding two verses to the brilliant beat created for Antwon’s recent mixtape “In Dark Denim”, this remix surpasses the original thanks to the presence of Aviv and Himself, two highly idiosyncratic wordsmiths who can match Antwon rhyme for rhyme.
But let’s talk about that beat for a moment. It’s one of the best compositions of the year, combining modern and old school styles into a brilliant mishmash. It fits that Aviv manufactured this remix, as he has been busy crafting avant garde bizzaro-beats, in the mold of Daniel Lopatin or Tim Hecker for the past couple years. Even his weirdest and most un-enjoyable experiments have demanded some sort of artistic respect. And many of them have been absolute game changers for rap music. Oddly then, for someone who is pushing the envelope in so many ways, Cities Aviv is also very at home on old school chill out raps. “Rare2000s” is both at once, featuring warped off-time subwoofer pulses, layered under a very 1960’s sounding sample, complete with string section and horns.
Antwon, who will soon be a star, and deservedly so, handles his verse with poise (highlights include “Walkin’ ‘round drunk like/Who’s the man?!” and “Meet up with my P.O. on the 17th/Make up another reason why I don’t gotta pay my fee/I wanna rap that’s why bitch”), but Cities Aviv immediately shows him up, rhyming Smithsonian with Fallopian, all a part of some abstract sex joke, within the first stanza. I’ve wondered why one rarely hears Cities Aviv collaborations, and I now think the reason may be that he is too good. His flow is perfectly unique, and he stands out on this track, despite not getting the prime time opening or closing slots.
Himself the Majestic finishes things up, and he holds his own. “Aztec gardener drunk, I chug spirit juice/I’m so bright/Shine light/Chandelier or two/And I’m fuckin’ high off the shit that puts fear in you”. Now, that stanza is pretty clearly nonsense about some sort of hallucinogen, but the rhyme scheme is so perfect, who cares if it doesn’t mean anything? Himself gets to the meaning later, pointing out that while he’s good at rap, his pursuit of it could possibly ruin his life, socially and financially. It’s a nice, somber end to a song that seems to be reluctant in it’s posturing. It’s a swagger song for people who are no longer interested in having swagger, but they aren’t sure what their next step should be.
GENRE: Hip Hop/Rap, Cloud Rap, Noise Pop
- Josh Loney
"Rare2000s" is number 46 in Tune O’ The Day’s 50 Best Songs of the Year countdown.