Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, I’m going to be taking a brief, but insightful look at the hip-hop rap artist Rich-P. His new single is ‘Taste.’ It’s a bombacious track that seeps with Kanye West and Jay-Z influence. Let’s check it out:
Rich-P is the moniker of Julian Perkins, a lifelong rap fanatic with dozens of influences. He boasts a strong portfolio of lyrical outings, mixtapes, and videos that have garnered him several thousand views online. Similar to one of his influences, Kanye West, Rich-P connects his fashion with his music. “I’m a hipster meets high fashion type of style,” he explains. “I like being distinctive and standing out. A nice style is an excellent way to meet people.” He intends this style to carry on over in ‘Taste,’ which he is aiming to market as a jam for the summer of 2015.
The whole schtick of ‘Taste’ is pretty simple: Rich-P and his bros have good taste in women. They wear suits for sport and he’s got a thing for ‘bad bitches.’ The overall production is fairly simple, but quite good. I dig his beats and the whole song accents his rapping style really well. I like the slowly escalating synths that create a dire sense of epicness in the instrumentation.
I’m not sure if its the “generation defining single” that Rich-P wants it to be. It’s a rad song with some sweet beats and rather simplistic rhymes that will lend themselves well to blasting speakers on summer beaches. In that sense, this song will certainly succeed. I’d love to see what Rich-P can do with more meaningful content, though. I’m sure it would be even better. Check out ‘Taste’ now at the link below: