Chiraq’s diamond in the rough, Lil Bibby, comes through heavy, with bricks stacked on *keys* for his debut mixtape Free Crack. Only Lil Herb, Chase, and King Louie feature vocals, leaving the nonchalant drawl that Bibby water whips into his tracks untainted. The tape is hosted (fairly minimally) by DJ Scream, and calls up production from DJ L, C NOTE, Nito, Don Robb, Hit Boy, Rey Reel, Black Metaphor, Cannon Boyz, Young Chop, and Olympicks. Bibby has one of the most engaging and unique formulas right now : loosely droning over cinematic drill instrumentals. He rests comfortably in droning drillmatics, unwavering in his tranquil presence on cinematic beats. And on this tape, his droning drillmatics leave the residue of a toughened street champ crusted under his listeners’ fingernails. *SIDE NOTE* : I use “drill” as a shorthand term to describe Bibby’s darkly-tuned trap presence, but Bibby is more ambidextrous then the category [
or any category, for that matter] would suggest.
With seemingly [
and obviously] no strain in his gain, Bibby excites his listeners with a clear narrative : always be down, but never get put down. Following in the savage tradition brewing on the streets of a streetwar-torn city, he’s both youthfully hopeful (re : “Water”) and learnedly gloomy (re : “Tired Of Talkin’”). He appeals to a range of listeners with this split narrative, grounding his exuberance in his patience. He weaves softer tales on tracks like “See Me Down”, “If You Knew” (almost boom-bap), and “Unlike You”. He stuffs 22s deep into timb boots on tracks like “Change”, “Whole Crew”, and “Know Somethin’”. And then, he steps outside of himself on his more experimental tracks “When The Money Come”, “Ballin”, and “Water”. By no means is he dedicated to people-pleasing, either. He isn’t trying to appeal. He just does.
And while his range skips around dark sensations and atmospheres, Bibby carries his listeners through with a uniquely-muffled voice. The voice makes him that much more notable. Zero people sound like him. Whether he autotunes, screams, or mumbles, Bibby’s street-braised voice always grounds listeners in his bottomless bars, rushing brow-beating bars around. Regardless of the beat or the features, Bibby’s music is always recognizable through his droning//drill branded sound. His moments of indulgent experiments on this tape act as reminders that while he’s crafting his own sound, he can dip around and catch bodies in any area code. And with Free Crack, he’s setting up trap houses and murder scenes across the map.
GET YOU SOME FREE CRACK :
-CUTT CZAR (HERONALD REAGAN)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS : FRANKLIN WEATHERFIELD AKA DENZEL SPLASHINGTON AKA PATOIS VUITTON AKA CHUCKDEGAULLE