Spree Wilson has been working along the margins of hip-hop for several years, a part of the post-Andre 3000 diaspora of experimenters interested in blurring the edges between hip-hop and other genres. His latest single, though, draws its strength by reimagining a particularly undermined era of music history, at least in recent times.
Like its Miami counterpart, Atlanta bass music has had an unfathomable impact on the music's history, from Kilo Ali's influence on modern rappers like Gucci Mane to the obvious production debts of Lil Jon (who contributed to So So Def Bass All Stars compilations in the mid-1990s). But it's seldom referred to explicitly (with a few exceptions) in modern rap, even if it remains a regional mainstay. Wilson's "Right One, Wrong Time" transforms Atlanta Bass into a classier, restrained and intimate track, appropriate for the song's earnest concept.