Internet hip-hop is the pet we adopted into our home a many years ago and have loved unconditionally ever since. She’s growing and learning new tricks every day. Here in 2014, there’s this new thing called Cloud Rap. Cloud Rap finds its roots in southern hip-hop, with lots of high hats and snares. To spite the dark subject matter of sex, drugs, and confused emotions, cloud rap has quite a colorful line-up of artists. The main faces of this sub-genre are Space Ghost Purrp, Flatbush Zombies, and Yung Lean. All of whom have found their success in borrowing from a traditional southern sound and putting their own spin on it. Not all cloud rappers emerge from the south, however universally, they normally sight emcees such as Juicy J, Pimp C, or even Boosie as an influence.
In 2014, you can’t say Cloud Rap without mentioning Michigan based rapper Bones. His videos come equipped with the signature 90s VHS quality just to get that retro feel. Of course his name alone tell you he gives off a strong Bone Thugs-N-Harmony vibe. I first got into Bones when I watched the video for the trap anthem “Weather Man” with former Raider Klan member Xavier Wulf. Bones just put out a new mixtape entitled Skinny. It has a nice experimental sound that you can bounce to in your car, or head bang to when you’re in that punk rock mood. A Yelawolf fan would easily dig Bones’ style. I see big things happening for this guy in the near future.
Xavier Wulf & Bones – “WeatherMan”