Welcome To The Quiet Storm: A Primer on Drumless Rap

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Roc Marciano


Boom-bap be damned! The latest micro-movement in hip-hop involves rappers layering their rhymes over production that either ditches the idea of using drums entirely or mixes any errant snares so low down in the mix as to be barely audible. Hooked around the interchangeable Action Bronson, Roc Marcy and Alchemist trifecta, here's a primer on the quiet storm that's beginning to define the tail-end of 2012's rap schedule.

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5. "We Ill"

A mid-album highlight from Reloaded, this self-produced gem has Roc Marciano spitting over a tough and dramatic series of piano stabs and little else. On the lyrical menu: Mussels, blackened tilapia and a fine rose.

4. "Every..."

Nestled in KA's overlooked Grief Pedigree project, "Every..." has the Brownsville, Brooklyn, representer dropping raps over production that teases out a tiny clipped snare and little else for percussive impact. It's a vibe that meshes lovely with KA's smeared flow.

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andybustard
andybustard

Would you really call it a "quiet storm that's beginning to define the tail-end of 2012's rap schedule" though? You can pick out half a dozen decent drumless tracks from any year in rap. Plus, "Pouches of Tuna" was released back in March.

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