A-Trak’s “Ride For Me” is already one of the craziest collabs in FG history, mixing Trizzy’s skills with Falcons’ beats, Young Thug’s bars and 24Hrs’ melodies from the matrix. Throw in insane vintage ’90s skate footage from Zoo York legend Eli Morgan Gesner and “Ride For Me” goes even harder. See how it all came together from a 20+ year friendship after the jump. Read More
A-Trak and Young Thug have been recording together since 2013 and accumulating a stack of songs. Finally ready to start revealing this material, A-Trak chose “Ride For Me” for its jaw-dropping (and possibly jaw-breaking) vocal performance. You’ve never heard Young Thug like this. His voice is elastic, self-distorted, at times barely human or intelligible, and at other times familiar and bouncy. As a turntablist and sound manipulator, A-Trak was entranced by Thug’s shape-shifting. To round off the song, Trizzy brought in another close friend with an otherworldly voice, Atlanta’s own 24hrs, along with rising Fool’s Gold star Falcons on the production tip. “Ride For Me” is a speaker-busting rollercoaster ride that defies traditional song structure and will playlist your whole year. Listen here!
Nick Hook is NYC’s waviest resident: an in-demand collaborator, producer extraordinaire, and all around provider of vibes who’s lent his touch to projects from Run The Jewels, Young Thug, and countless others, all while building a creative community around his studio, thespacepit, in Greenpoint. Now the redheaded kingpin steps forward with his Relationships LP on Fool’s Gold, a 16 track album of collaborations that are unconventional, unexpected and all-the-way live (literally: each song was recorded in-person with Nick behind the boards, a refreshing move in the email verse era).
Featuring a festival-worthy lineup of new school rap upstarts (21 Savage, Novelist, ILoveMakonnen) and fellow beat radicals (Prefuse 73, Hudson Mohawke, the late DJ Rashad), Relationships isn’t just the world’s greatest party guestlist, but a chronicle of Nick’s year long, after-midnight vision quest—the sound of a producer breaking through the chrysalis, killing the ego, and raising the bar. Put your phone down and dive in.
Brooklyn producer Nick Hook teams up with ATL mystery man 24hrs for the slinky “Gucci’s,” taken from Nick’s Relationships album, out 11/1. True to the LP’s collaborative spirit, “Gucci’s” is unexpectedly catchy and greater than the sum of its parts; alien vocal processing meets trunk decimating bass, resulting in what may become the first improvised analog synth jam to make Magic City rotation.