Philadelphia-based producer Louis Futon (pictured) is so well versed in rap and soul as production inspirations that his latest, Oakland Tho, creates a blend of styles that provide a helpful reminder that rap and dance have always shared space in the ever-broadening tent that is hip hop culture.
The shaken and not dropped clap-laden basslines that have become DJ Mustard’s production signature are sampled here, while Oakland-based emcee Vell drops 2 Chainz-style ad-lib raps on the track. Where Futon comes in is dropping in the breaks and bass that rattles the trunk. As if taking modern EDM’s vibe and shoving it back into the place where dance found it in the classic rap playbook, this one is a surprisingly well-executed winner.
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