"The year's hottest rapper." - Dazed & Confused
“Some of the murkiest rap out there.” - The Guardian
“A distinctive style that plays out like ’90s Houston burnt to the ground.” - FACT
"One of the essential Rap albums of the early Summer." - HipHop DX
"If you want a rapper soundtracking your scariest cinematic nightmares, Purrp’s your guy." - Prefix
This week marks the release of south Florida producer and MC SpaceGhostPurrp's debut album. Entitled Mysterious Phunk: Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, the record compiles both new and old material, tracking the early years of this intoxicating prodigal talent.
Cast in the classic mould of producer/MC, SpaceGhostPurrp's musical influences read like a checklist of hip-hop touchstones - Three 6 Mafia, UGK, DJ Paul, Eazy E, Tupac and DJ Screw - a trait that plays out across the various contours of the record. Given his relative youth, the reference to such rich heritage shows Purrp as a child of the digital era; his rhymes veering between the hallucinogenic, somnambulant and visceral, his productions syrup-thick, schizophrenic and refreshingly off-kilter.
Alongside leading the mysterious collective Raider Klan Mafia who've built a compelling aesthetic on skate culture iconography and hardcore rap values, he's also shown himself to be prolific too, having released a string of online mixtapes that have helped him garner cult underground status. Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp sees him take a further step towards the spotlight, and one that brings new shadows with it too.
For a further insight into SpaceGhostPurrp's world, read the compelling interviews with both XXL (here) and Dazed and Confused (here). A video for latest single, 'The Black God', can be watched below.