The members of hip-hop troupe the Stand4rd are some of the most industrious local artists in recent memory. Just last week, Kanye West collaborator Allan Kingdom made his debut on the long-running DJBooth Freestyle Series. And yesterday, producer/rapper Bobby Raps and his reliably bleak partner in rhyme Corbin (the viral teen singer formerly known as Spooky Black) surprise-dropped a new EP entitled Couch Potato. The seven-song offering was posted without notice along with a video for the opening track, "Welcome to the Hell Zone" (posted below).
"hello fuck heads. here is an ep we made ... we might be gay," reads the duo's Bandcamp page, where you can stream the entire EP. Are we fuck heads? Possibly. Is it an EP? Most definitely. Are Bobby and Corbin gay? Maybe? Does it matter?
Non-sequiturs and sexual orientation aside, Couch Potato is a thoroughly haunting dose of ethereal hip-hop that sounds like if James Blake cut a record with Earl Sweatshirt. Bobby Raps' understated delivery and dissonant production coupled with Corbin's R&B-infused melancholy makes it one of the more challenging yet rewarding listens of the year so far.
The Stand4rd are set to perform Day 1 of Rock the Garden on June 20 outside the Walker Art Center. It will be a curious anthropological study to see how fans of Belle & Sebastian and Conor Oberst take to the St. Paul rap crew.
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