Is it safe to say snap music is dead? Sure, it’s retarded younger siblings are still running around getting rocks thrown at them and whatnot, but we will never be able to relive the mid ’00ts. That magnificent era, the golden age, where little more than a few sparse 808 kicks could fill any room with the sound of the Stax logo.
One might worry that K-Rab, the “Laffy Taffy” producer and BHI member would go out with the genre he created and the sampler from his yet to be released double disc Freakinstein does little to dispel that concern. There are definitely some great songs on here, “Groupies” being one of them. There are also a couple um noble experiments, creepy loverman joints (“Bisexual Attraction”) and some shit that sounds like it could incite line dancing in the ecstacy crowd. But mostly he’s still bound to the style that he made famous. There’s even a shameless “Laffy Taffy” knock off, entitled “Bubble Yum”. “This bamma needs to retire the snap shit,” said the noz to the textedit.
No sooner did the thought fall out of my skull virtually (pause? i don’t even know anymore guys) than it was brought to my attention that K-Rab is doing just that. It turns out he’s responsible for B.O.B’s very bluesy “Fuck You”, the second best rap record of 2008 and is fully focused on this new country, excuse me, kuntry style. Check “Kuntry.” A more musical minded individual could probably draw some sort of line between blues/folk music and the hyper repetition of snap. It’s exciting to hear one of the progenitors of the genre embracing that, even on a superficial level. At the very least it’s more enjoyable than that rock star junk.