The Landmark – cLOUDDEAD

cLOUDDEAD Landmark Card

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, gangsta rap was finding its footing as a specialized, abrasive take on the hip-hop leitmotif. And when you look at the most popular and influential outputs of that era, albums like The Infamous or Quik Is the Name, you begin to notice recurring elements. Yes, the lyricism features a central focus of illegality and violence, but the beats they used to propel their verses were smooth and soulful, sometimes jazzy, a product of the samples that were available at the time. There was no option to create bass lines whose resonance could shatter windows or blow out speakers, and any tinge of airiness was often made with 70’s R&B vocalizations, string sections, and orchestral sampling. But a decade later, the pendulum of makeshift sonic adaptations had swung far from gangsta rap and had hit the softer, hazier glow of hip-hop, a subgenre that’s now penned, “cloud rap”. And though they may not have known it, Doseone, Why?, and Odd Nosdam, collectively known as cLOUDDEAD, would become the pioneers of the experimental cloud rap sound. Continue reading “The Landmark – cLOUDDEAD”