Track of the Day: 'Hypebeast (Lunice Remix)'

Past TracksIn 2009, Jahvon, a young rapper from Toronto, released the swaggering single "Hypebeast." As produced by Aliby, another young Torontonian, "Hypebeast" has a taut, booming beat that's almost entirely percussion. There's no hook here, no synth line or Motown sample to provide a bit of warmth, only industrial thumps and clicks and scribbles of electronic static. As an emcee, Jahvon carries himself well, but Aliby's beat makes the track feel too aggressive by half.

The producer Lunice, yet another Canadian (he hails from Montreal), does better by the song. Lunice's remix of "Hypebeast" replaces Aliby's chilly drum loops with a slow, foreboding accordion part, one that immediately makes it clear how much charisma Jahvon is throwing around. Jahvon's lines are stippled with deadpan humor--"If any hater got a problem, let me know now / I tell 'em sucka better cap me like a pronoun"--and while he's hardly the first to drop a boast like "I'm about to run rap," Lunice's choice of backing music makes it seem credible. The final minute of the remix is almost entirely instrumental, and as the last chords fade out, it's easy to believe we've just witnessed something of real grandeur.



new track button.png
Presented by

Alex Eichler is a reporter at The Huffington Post and a former staff writer at The Atlantic Wire.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Entertainment

Just In