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There’s no shortage of interesting rap sounds and styles, old and new, heating up the musical cauldron that is “WASSUP,” the new single released on Tuesday from South Korean hip-hop artists C Jamm And Doplamingo.
The synthesizer stabs of Kanye West’s ” Flashing Lights ,” the maximum-impact drum sound of the Rick Rubin-produced ” 99 Problems ” and the jacked up energy of M.O.P.
are all in play on “WASSUP.” Even the machine gun delivery of American hip-hop’s purest talent, Kendrick Lamar, makes an appearance in the song’s outro.
But what makes “WASSUP” a whole way greater than the sum of its parts is the fire that C Jamm and Doplamingo bring on the mic.
Their performances are coming straight from the heart and they hit you right in the gut.
While so much of Western hip-hop remains overly fascinated with digital trickery and Hollywood trickery, it is exciting to see South Korean artists like C Jamm and Doplamingo rekindling the heat of East Coat rap in it’s rawer stages; back when all you needed was a beat and a rhyme and MCs had more of a message than which kind of sports car they drive.
While “WASSUP” is a hard-hitting, even challenging piece of music, the sheer precision of these two rappers and the music behind them makes the song a force to be reckoned with.
Though it is unlikely that “WASSUP” will be topping the K-pop charts any time soon, it is a song that anyone looking for an extra jolt of energy would be well-advised to turn on and turn up.
Listen to the new C Jamm and Doplamingo single “WASSUP” RIGHT HERE