There’s a lot going in rap right now. Whether’s it trap, grime, UK rap, drill, gospel rap, or any other post-internet sub-genre you could care to name the scene has never been more diverse. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no space for the old school and, as we found out in our interview with DJ Premier, there’s a lot to be said for doing things the old-fashioned way.
Case and point is Felix De Luca, the Copenhagen-based MC drawing on the vast legacy of hip hop to craft his own take on the genre. His new single ‘Dee Brown’ is an homage to the sounds of New York circa 1997 with a stripped-back, string-led beat and classic boom bap flow. De Luca’s vocal delivery even sounds timeless, sitting somewhere between Ghostface Killa and Q-Tip as he brags about the kind of life only rappers in the 90s could lead, throwing in more contemporary nods to Vetements and Canada Goose as he goes.
The accompanying video is just as raw as the track as well. Premiering today on Notion, it sees De Luca kicking it in his Copenhagen home with just a mixing desk and some Danish design keeping him company as he spits to camera. The overall result is a classic cut that brings boom bap back into rap’s varied landscape. Speaking about the video, Felix said: “Dee Brown is a little teaser for the upcoming project, the song is a throwback to that raw and gritty sound that I grew up on, something for the heads that sees beauty in the unpolished you know. I wanted to make the video as stripped down and candid as possible to match the track’s vibe. So no shiny suits here, just a bit of natural light and my messy ass apartment.” Watch it below.