The concept of 'Sad Rap' has recently been explored by two rappers: Little Pain (Soundcloud
, YouTube video for "High Cry
") in the United States, and Yung Lean (Soundcloud
, personal site
, and video of "Hurt
" (the video is... amazing?)) of Sweden. Pain and Lean have been compared to Lil B
for their similar outsider art perspective on the genre, with the distinction that sad rap tends to focus singularly on the emotion of depression
. For further reading, Vice's Noisey music blog has been chronicling both Pain and Lean in these articles: Meet Little Pain...
, Meet Yung Lean Doer...
. The Strangest New Thing in Music or a Logical Next Step for Hip-Hop
from Pigeons and Planes. Hip-hop blog Refined Hype has a reaction piece which questions the very concept of 'Sad Rap' as a genre: Stopping Little Pain & Sad Rap Before It Starts
. Producer Suicideyear
provides the low key, somber beats for both artists.
Do you know what Nicki Minaj slowed down is? Nicki Minaj slowed down is Jay-Z
, that's what (SLYT, lyrics are NSFW). [more inside]
A tale of science gone mad, global conspiracies, and the dangers of hubris. Drake, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye, Weezy, Birdman, Noah Shebib, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj in: Hottest Chick in the Game
, a comic by Sean T. Collins
, and Andrew White
Hot Potato Style
is a video by New Orleans rapper Nicky Da B made with a little help from Jean Luc Picard, Pee Wee Herman, John Stamos, and Charlie Chaplin (among others). Lyrics are probably slightly not safe for work.