By Joey Lopez
Vancouver’s own multidisciplinary artist RIP Flow and indie R and B vocalist Eros Taylor have done something together that many hip-hop artists who have grown up with the internet has wanted to do: collaborate with the strange and polarizing California-based rapper, Lil B.
Lil B has made a name for himself over the past decade for his large output of music while maintaining meme status since arriving on the internet rap scene in 2009.
“This is the debut of RIP Flow. A character based on an egoless concept that could belong to many different features, collaborations and visual styles,” says RIP Flow.
“In the Bag” features samples from Nirvana, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Graves, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mount Kimbie and Vancouver producer Lex Vino.
After emailing with Lil B back and forth since he was a teenager, RIP Flow finally convinced him to feature on one of his tracks.
“We accidentally got the Based God on it. We tried to get him on another song that Taylor was on and he just started rapping over ‘In the Bag’ and it was amazing,” says RIP Flow.
“ I was going to use this song for myself but then Lil B gets on it and I wasn’t about to be like, ‘Yo Lil B can’t be on this.’ I know how big this is and this is a fantastic opportunity to spread a positive message,” says Taylor.
The track itself is diverse in its all encompassing sound. RIP Flow’s production pulls from a plethora of genres to create something captivating and Taylor’s soft vocals are reminiscent of the R and B stars of the early 2000s. It’s unpredictable and Lil B’s freestyle in the back half only adds to that unpredictability. Lil B enters the fray with a couple rudimentary verses, but ends with a solid final verse that fans of the rapper will appreciate.
It feels like it’s the perfect song for the internet age and has been built by those who have lived online for years.
“In the Bag” can be found all streaming platforms.