The Edmonton MC touches down with a slab of Grimes-produced cybertronic hip-hop
Since his last LP, 2008’s Afterparty Babies, Rollie Pemberton has been putting in work as Edmonton’s poet laureate. After his sabbatical from the rap game, Pemberton will return later this year with a new full-length, titled Hope In Dirt City.
’88’, the first dispatch from that record, is a short piece of good-old-days rap revivalism, performed with a knowing nudge and a wink. Pemberton wishes he lived in the Golden Era, and conjures an ambrosial vision of B-boys rapping, graffing and pulling windmills on cardboard. Yet Grimes’ glitchy instrumental, chrome-tinged and half-buffered, is anything but homely. Earl Blaize springs to mind, but there’s also something very distinctive about Grimes’ weirdo production. The track is available to download below, courtesy of RCRDLBL.