After publishing the first Bars column last week something occurred to me; was there too much hip-hop? I know that sounds like an oxymoron, after all can you really have too much of it? Of course, the history of ACCLAIM has been founded on the “style and bad behaviour” of hip-hop. But given it is 2016, we so often look past just how much the genre has progressed. Bars (hint hint) and samples are the foundation which must be respected, but it’s important to realise how much hip-hop has found its way into genres ranging from EDM to pop. Hell, even ‘metal’ bands have been on it for a while (please, don’t ask). For this week’s Bars we wanted to parade hip-hop in all of its versatility and progression. Some tracks here teeter on the fine line between R&B and rap while others use sampling styles influenced from the genre and some rappers here aren’t even rapping. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the sonic and stylistic clusterfuck that is music in 2016, and this is the best music from the last week.
- Words: Vincent Dwyer