Firing Up the Movies
Let's talk for a moment about Atlanta's contributions to the hip-hop scene. What started out as a general modernizing and hardening of the sounds of hip-hop-- using mechanical 808s and synthesizers to create what would become "trap"-- has since morphed into music so insanely epic that you could imagine it playing while Lucifer waged his rebellion against God in Heaven. And it doesn't stop...every year, Trap producers gets better and better in their quest to sound like the music of war. Trap is music for a showdown in the streets. Music for a lightning storm. Music for the crawling forces of evil. It started by borrowing on "cinematic" orchestrations, but has since bypassed what orchestral scores do and taken them seven steps farther. "Fired Up" is just such a track, badass to the bone. Its hi-hat flickers like the tongue of a serpent, its sinister bass booms like a thundercloud. The track is produced and performed by Illinois artist Da Mac, and even if it's no genre-bender, it's dark and nasty and I love it.