RPxSB Unveil CREATURES…Act I: Things That Kill Me Inside

By Deuce

When’s the last time you heard a 25-track release from an artist? Hell, when’s the first time?

If you’re like this reviewer, the answer to the latter would be on the latest offering from RPxSB, portions of which just dropped on Friday. As the preceding sentence indicates, just about everything about this project and the artists themselves is shrouded in  a little ambiguity.

For starters, the album (or is that albums?) is entitled CREATURES (Acts I-III). However, it appears that only the first eight cuts of this work, released as a separate album entitled CREATURES…Act I: Things That Kill Me Inside, was released to the general public on the foresaid day. This fact is significant, because there’s only eight songs on this collection (less than half an hour of music), and not the full 25 that accompany some of the promotional materials for this outing.

Nonetheless, the duo will be getting back at you with CREATURES…Act II: Boar the following Friday on September 2, while the final installation, CREATURES…Act III: JOPO is coming the subsequent Friday on the 9th of September. And, depending on one’s interpretation of the duo itself, it consists of either Roddy Picante and Stay-Bizzy, or Rock Plaid and Survive Bullshxt or, just maybe, all of the above.

In another age, such ambiguity, multiple back-to-back releases, and tunes like “Indie Spotify Playlists” would be dismissed as a gimmick or, perhaps, a parody. But RPxSB apparently mean business, although it’s a little unclear as to how seriously they take themselves. On Act I most of the tunes are slow, and just right for that popular style of a disaffected voice, immense distance between the emcee and the microphone, and sing songy rhymes that dominate the bulk of contemporary rap (albeit mostly under the guise of what’s termed hip hop).

One of the fellows has the knack for gratuitously saying “niggas” (though it could be the alternative spelling, who’s to say?) about five times for his part in every cut, be it on the verses or hooks. The other one seems to eschew the term altogether, at least in the first half of the project. There’s also a decent amount of 808 sounds in that interim as well, from the time-honored kick in “Skyfall” to a barely disguised cowbell, clap, etc. in “Mac Miller’s Message”.

And best of all, you’ve got a second and third installment coming soon.

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