Paul White – “Trust” ft. Guilty Simpson
“We don’t know where we’re going but we sure make a lot of noise getting there!” – so goes the tongue-in-cheek opening to Paul White’s Rapping With Paul White, the gifted South Londoner’s first full-length vocal hip-hop project. The album features the bold, moody personality of the UK producer and features a cast of characters including Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, Homeboy Sandman, Tranquil, Marv Won, Moe Pope, Jehst and even a delightfully peculiar poem from folk singer Nancy Elizabeth. Rapping With Paul White will be released on August 23rd via One-Handed Music.
The first single from Rapping With Paul White features previous collaborator Guilty Simpson. The Detroit heavy-hitter goes in hard over Paul White’s sparse, brooding electronic beat, dropping tales of caution with customary menace. Download “Trust” below and the bonus track “The Doldrums”, also on the album, which just might be the finest slice of medieval vocoder hip-hop you’ll hear all day.
(MP3) Paul White – “Trust” ft. Guilty Simpson:
Paul White first made his name with 2009’s instrumental opus The Strange Dreams of Paul White which led Diplo to declare “I’m his biggest fan” and The Independent to label him “a 21st century DJ Shadow”. While included in the ‘beat scene’ alongside Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus and others, Paul White’s hip-hop sensibility has always been at the forefront, which partly explains why his 2010 podcast for LA’s Stones Throw Records racked up 300,000 downloads in just a few weeks and alerted a new audience to the young Brit.
All this meant that assembling some of his favorite MCs for Rapping With Paul White was the easy part. Stones Throw artist Guilty Simpson appears twice, his grim warnings perfectly matching the sparse, brooding production on lead single “Trust.” Gap-toothed, mohawked Danny Brown is one of rap’s rising stars – a recent signing to A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label, his lewd punchlines top White’s exuberant production on the not-safe-for-work “One Of Life’s Pleasures.” There’s humor in New Yorker Homeboy Sandman’s turn too, as one of hip-hop’s most likeable lyricists recounts his cultural missteps during a trip to London over a quintessential Paul White track.
It’s not all Americans on the mic: Jehst shows why he’s one of the UK’s most respected MCs on Indigo Glow, and One-Handed Music label mate Tranqill lays waste to Rotten Apples in the album’s grittiest moment. There’s plenty for fans of his instrumental work too: from waltzing drum machines to medieval vocoders, the interludes are every bit as compelling as the vocal tracks.
Intro: We Make A Lot Of Noise
Trust ft. Guilty Simpson
Run Shit ft. Marv Won
One Of Life’s Pleasures ft. Danny Brown
Life Is Flashing Interlude
Stampeding Elephants ft. Moe Pope
Rotten Apples ft. Tranqill
A Weird Day ft. Homeboy Sandman
African New Wave
Indigo Glow ft. Jehst
Dirty Slang ft. Guilty Simpson
A New Way
Wily Walruses ft. Nancy Elizabeth
Outro: We’ll Never End