Flying Lotus, Benji B, TNGHT and more feature in RBMA’s latest examination of internet-driven music.
In its journey so far the RBMA HASHTAG$ series has placed a spotlight on contemporary RnB, ‘post-dubstep’ and the fluctuating strains of Southern rap, discussing the ever-mutating genetics of these scenes and the role technology and the internet has played in their evolution.
Episode 4 casts an eye on the nebulously-termed ‘beats’ scene, a movement rooted in hip-hop and electronica and prefaced by artists such as J Dilla, DJ Shadow and DJ Krush. It’s a sound that has found new life and a reinforced identity in the past five years, catalysed by the Brainfeeder camp and Low End Theory’s boundary-breaking LA parties, and now pushed internationally by the likes of Benji B and Hudson Mohawke.
In this instalment HASHTAG$ attempts to join the dots between the many elements of this all-encompassing scene, and looks at the changing perception of ‘beats’. Insight comes from key players Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, XXYYXX, TNGHT, Shlohmo, Dorian Concept and Benji B, with input from XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo. Stream it below.