Like all young rappers in 2012, Florida’s SpaceGhostPurrp loves a mixtape. ‘Mysterious Phonk’ is in fact a best of, collated by a label more used to releasing the Grammy folk of Bon Iver, The National and Deerhunter than down tempo hip–hop with this much dirt under its fingernails. Sure, SpaceGhostPurrp has a track called ‘Suck A Dick 2012’, but it’s not the rhymes that make this back-room rap – it’s the muggy beats, caner pace and oppressive electronics.

Where Odd Future are hyperactive brats inspired by punk, SpaceGhostPurrp is an alarmingly calm stalker, closer to Tupac than Black Flag. It makes ‘Mysterious Phonk’ less instantly exciting, but you’re going to be listening to his ambient, weed-fug productions long after ‘Goblin’ goes the way of ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’, which was the week after it came out.

By Stuart Stubbs


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