ABOVE: SPANK ROCK. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN MAUNG.
Now in its fourth decade, hip-hop is treading further and further into experimental territory. This musical evolution is clear in the synthed-out melodies and Moobahton dance hall beats of rapper Naeem Juwan, better known by under the moniker Spank Rock. With his newest track “One Hunnid,” which we are pleased to debut here, Spank Rock creates music that has both pop and dance appeal, while simultaneously paying tribute to the smooth lyrical flow of his forbearers, like Andre 3000 and Grandmaster Flash, and R&B rhythms from groups like Next.
Describing his own sound as, “embarrassed, rebellious, slutty, and energetic,” the complex lyrical samplings in “One Hunnid,” which was produced by Don Leomax (formerly of Passion Pit), create an auditory richness that double as super sharp ear candy.
The Baltimore born, Philadelphia-based artist takes bold risks with his intricate experimental samplings in the track, yet he leaves plenty of room for you to bob your head, shake your hips, bounce, lean back, et al., and it will fit perfectly along the likes of Santigold, M.I.A., Deathgrips, and even Kendrick in your musical library.
A week from today, Spank Rock will release his new EP, The Upside, via Bad Blood Records and this Thursday he will kickoff of his East Coast tour with a show in Philadelphia.