By Jamie McNamara
Los Angeles via San Jose rapper Antwon is known as an artist that could easily be called “post-genre.” In the past, the rapper has tipped his hat to such disparate influences as rapper Biz Markie, Cocteau Twins and Biohazard. On his new Double Hazard EP, it’s easy to hear elements from all of them.
The five-track EP is a collaboration with producer Lars Stalfors, whose presence adds a cohesiveness that was missing from Antwon’s previous work. His productions are dark and grimy, focused on punishing low end and disorienting melodies. “Club” features a constant 16th note sub-bass assault that is unrelenting. It functions as a perfect backdrop for Antwon’s often over-the-top lyricism.
Antwon’s sexual appetite is as strong as ever, evidenced by sex-centered songs like “Girl, Flex.” The track finds Antwon doling out a healthy helping of confident cunnilingus raps a la Danny Brown at his most hedonistic. Its effectiveness is dampened with a lazy hook, “Girl, flex. We ’bout to have sex.”
More often than not, it’s hard to justify Antwon’s appearance on otherwise stellar beats. It doesn’t seem like he has anything important to say, and his raps meander and suffer because of it.Antwon, Double Ecstasy EP