Premiere: Racka Chachi go for the classic hip-hop sound with new single, San Pelli
On their latest track, the Perth-based hip-hop collective take a dive into the brand of Beastie Boys-esque hip-hop, turntable scratches and everything.
Over the last twelve months, we've seen an explosion in homegrown hip-hop, whether it's nationally through top-tier rappers quickly picking up steam as full international exports, or just centralised on West Australia, where - as we've found time and time again with every new fresh face - the next generation is quickly stepping up and putting Perth on the national hip-hop map. In Perth, the talent list is endless: MissGenius, Hoodzy and Hyclass are showing that success in hip-hop doesn't always have to come from the same group of lookalike rappers, while acts like Arno Faraji quickly pick up steam on the east coast too.
Over the last two years, a group we've really come to love is Racka Chachi. The collective brings together some of the city's best brains in hip-hop for a fully-realised, hyper-collaborative group in a similar vein to acts like BROCKHAMPTON (albeit with a completely different sound, but the vision and collaboration is there); their shared love for hip-hop and everything that may encompass through its history at the forefront of their work and its ability to move and make itself known from the first ten seconds of each of their respective tracks.
Their new one San Pelli, premiering today, keeps this continuing. San Pelli is a nostalgic nod to the classy, controlled chaos of 90s-esque hip-hop and the brilliance of acts like the Beastie Boys who evolved throughout this time, keeping their switching verses concise and focused as they layer amongst crunching percussion and turntable scratches - the latter a real throwback to acts like Beastie Boys and N.W.A..
That said, San Pelli isn't just a straight-up throwback to 90s rap. Instead of taking what may be perceived as the easy way out, Racka Chachi attempt to modernise the genre and bring it forward to 2020, keeping some of the sound's distinctive qualities - those aforementioned turntable scratches; blocky, percussion-driven instrumentals - and switching up others to keep it feeling fresh and exciting, something that particularly shines through the track's verses and how each member is able to bring something different to the table, while also matching each other and flowing off one another.
It comes with a video clip directed by Levi James that's well worth a watch (and continues to cement those past comparatives to bands like A Tribe Called Quest), so dive into it below, and keep an eye on Racka Chachi as they continue to evolve and strive in the year ahead.
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