Jean~Baptiste – “RiP2TRAP”


Impressing last year with the track “Better Off,” Jean~Baptiste again touts a consuming nod to the early roots of hip-hop. Whereas “Better Off” touted a soulful glistening in its production, new track “RiP2TRAP” dabbles more in the rhythmically old-school hip-hop flair. The Saint Petersburg-based artist delivers an especially focused vocal performance throughout, seamless and precise alongside the hypnotic bass/drum pairing.

Lyrically taking on the negative impact of “trap rap” on hip-hop while the accompanying beat provides a reminder of straight-cutting hip-hop nostalgia, “RiP2TRAP” charms with its musings on the style’s trend for repetition and lack of ingenuity. Taking influence from classics like Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, and Gang Starr, “RiP2TRAP” provides enjoyable nostalgia via tight production and witty lyrical observation.

Jean~Baptiste describes the track as “a statement song that emphasizes the earlier roots of hip-hop while denouncing the path it has taken in recent years. A message that all true hip-hop fans can relate to.”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Hip-Hop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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