Robb Bank$ Drops New Mixtape, T/H/A City: "People Aren't Going to Get It"
Everyone in this world is ruled by two emotions -- fear and love. They can keep you in check or drive you insane. But without them, you wouldn't even know you're alive.
Artists and musicians are no different, though it seems songwriters are more inclined to pen anthems in love's honor than dig into the dark and nasty shit, mostly because it sells better.
Of course, Robb Bank$ isn't too concerned with making people feel comfortable. For his new mixtape, T/H/A City, the rapper turned his attention to all that's menacing and horrible.
Last night, we here at Crossfade talked with Bank$ about love and fear and other shit at his private listening party for this latest tape.
"The last project, it was more everything was happy," Robb says of his debut mixtape Calendars, which uses a sample drop from the U.S. version of MTV's Skins, with the character Cadie saying, "I think I might be happy."
"That's how it was," he adds, "and I was inspired to do all that shit by watching a show."
Again, Bank$ has turned to visual media for sonic inspiration, but T/H/A City comes from a much more sinister place.
"My real inspiration was from a lot of horror movies," he says. "I was watching that V/H/S, V/H/S 2. I watched that fucking Human Centipede shit. I didn't know what it was, they just put it on and I was like, 'What the fuck is this? Goddamn.'"
We had the chance to hear some of the tracks from the new release (available today at 4 p.m. for free download via livemixtapes.com) and the mind-bending, lo-fi horror has definitely made its mark.
The beats are gritty and mean, heavy with cavernous bass lines and topped off with tinny textures like creaks and bumps in the night. It's trap monster music, for sure. But there are still tracks for the ladies and some definite grooves.