The Scoop: Sometimes when you start accepting that you’re in a boring, dry, no culture town; you find dope-ass music on the internet that was created in a condo 20 minutes away from your house (IRL). This is exactly what happened when I was bored on Facebook and came across “White Fantasy” by a young rapper named Tello.
The Spin: The 20-year old Tello hails from Gainesville, Florida, but his song is far from “frat-boy” like, boring, or whatever describes the city. Tello is one of the most polarizing new rappers I’ve heard. He is a perfect mix of Ab-Soul‘s introspective vocabulary and Lil B‘s rap flow swag (#TYBG). “White Fantasy” contains sincerely passionate lyrics with a syllable emphasized flow over dreamy production. The perfect description for the Death Valley Beach Bums, a group which Tello belongs to.
Don’t let their laid back-ness fool you, the “Bums” lyrically get busy.
Tello dubs himself the “black Edward Cullen” as he serenades the Fees (as they nick-named females) with lines like “Guaranteed to by enlightened after I’m done vipin’ / Just your mind and your body are at war, quit fightin’ ” and “I promise that your mind is mine.” The song also features Tello’s blood brother and fellow DVBB rapper, M33Z.
Big bro lyrically spanks the track with “Memories are mental tattoos but more addictive / And those hickies only bruise the person who ain’t hittin’ /” and “We can board around the block or ride all day / I can love you like my skateboard and that’s the long way /”
The unorthodox beat is made by DVBB producer Q* Jones and samples Lorde‘s “White Teeth Teens”.
Jones took Lorde’s line “I guess you’re lucky that it’s dark now, white teeth teens” and made it super dope as it faintly loops throughout the song. The pitch and speed of the sample feels eerie and hypnotizing behind Tello’s chanty chorus.
It was hard to find another song on their SoundCloud that’s as intriguing and catchy as “White Fantasy”, but the Death Valley Beach Bums are flexing their creativity and not afraid to be weird. It’ll be interesting to see how the crew evolves and take shape since they’re still youngings chasing experimental and strange lo-fi sounds.
The song is a part of an EP titled Journey, that Tello silently put together on his Soundcloud page.
The Question: What do you think about Tello and Death Valley Beach Bums? Did you enjoy “White Fantasy” as much as I did? What is your opinion on this style of rap? Did you like Journey? Let us know in the comments below!