Couch Potato, Bobby Raps and Corbin
The Stand4rd have totally recontextualized how the Twin Cities rap scene is presented to the world, offering a pivot from the Rhymesayers-dominant storyteller style. At the helm of this existential, atmospheric turn was the reclusive Corbin (the erstwhile Spooky Black), whose soulful rasp is disconnected from his skinny frame. Though group figurehead Allan Kingdom found some synchronicity with Corbin, it's low-key groupmate Bobby Raps who helped create a nearly perfect vehicle for the pair's moribund nihilism when they collaborated on Couch Potato. From the goosebumps of "Frozen Tundra" to the heartsick yarn of "Burdened," the EP shows that the members of the Stand4rd aren't nearly finished reinventing the local hip-hop scene.