Mixtape: Half Forgotten Daydreams
Producer: Ronnie Shaw
Capturing this tape's sound in words is something of a challenge, because it isn't doing anything radically new. Nor does it sound like a particular era or style. It fits in with some pretty consistent themes in recent hip-hop, especially the stoner-friendly variety. It's not quite as g-funk friendly as Curren$y, nor as lo-fi, intoxicated, or self-consciously "artful" as the post-Clams Casino #based production. It's pop—Childish Major, who produced Rocko's smash "U.O.E.N.O.," plays a big role in the record's sound. But there's also a spacey quality to it, where cultivating a reflective ambiance has premiere importance, rather than filling club floors or hammering with hooks.
Curtis Williams is a part of the Two9 crew, which initially emerged as a collective branded as a kind of A$AP/Odd Future-style, but for Atlanta. Since that time, the group's sound has become more distinct and nuanced. Half Forgotten Daydreams isn't so much derivative as it is a very carefully poised midpoint between a bunch of countervailing forces in current rap. But perhaps the best way of looking at this tape is, strangely, the cover art: yes, this looks like an Electronica [now: EDM] CD of "Chillout Anthems" you'd buy at a Tower Records in 1999. And it kind of sounds like one, too, as if the high-definition, glossy, home-listening acid jazz of that era was just waiting to find a home in hip-hop.