For Fuse's 2016 Breakout Week, we're spending each day commemorating one undeniable act that shook up things in the mainstream this year. Today we're honoring Desiigner, the 19-year-old signee to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, a native of Jay Z and Biggie Smalls' stomping ground of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Desiigner's debut mixtape, June's New English, starts with a short, pretty orchestral intro—then throws this one in our faces. From what we know of Desiigner so far, this is textbook: hammering production, simple A.F. chorus, enthralling performance. And it ends mid-note, segueing into the rest of the album like the impatient turn of a radio dial.
Desiigner’s uncanny vocal resemblance to Future may have been a crutch in the beginning of his career, but it actually works in his favor on songs like “Jet.” The New English cut has the rapper grumbling about his wealth in a hook that’s just as intimidating as any by Future Hendrix. Just as you were catching your breath, Pusha T swoops through with his always-menacing lyrical braggadocio.
Tyga says it's a Tyga song, sure, whatever. We pushed play for Desiigner, we come back for Desiigner, we don't even mind Tyga because of Desiigner. The sneaky ways the kid's doing new things within a framework people originally thought was super-limited is fascinating.
Desiigner teams up with King Savage for a track that’s more suited for a horror movie soundtrack rather than the penultimate cut of a mixtape. The signature gun sound effects, warbled Auto-Tune and piercing synths make the perfect formula to help the undead rise from their graves. The accompanying video (it’s really a mini-movie) directed by Grant Curatola brings the frightening adventure to life.
Follow the "5 Turnt Desiigner Songs That Aren't 'Panda' or 'Tiimmy Turner'" playlist on Spotify:
And for more, hear Fuse's Back of the Class podcast break down Desiigner's New English mixtape at the 1:40 mark in the episode below: