I’m waiting for the day I hear a new AutoTune rapper and I’m not immediately reminded of Swae Lee, Juice WRLD, Travis Scott and Fetty Wap. Today is not that day and Dro Kenji is not that man. Are you even surprised if you highlight that link and see he’s a Soundcloud rapper? I feel the need to clarify something though. The reason I cited four similar artists off the top isn’t just because every new emcee in the genre sounds like a clone of them — it’s because those four achieved a level of stardom their imitators can’t. One’s dead, one is headed for five years behind bars, and only one seems to not have any legal problems so far. Stardom in this field comes with a heavy price to pay.
“Okay, I’m up, I’m wide awake; I see the phony and the fake
Niggaz mad cause I get paper, cool me down
She fuck rappers, I ain’t had to fly her to me
Don’t run down on lil’ Kenji, I keep big ass blickys with me”
When Kenji says “I get so damn high I think I seen an AC-130“ I believe him. If there’s one other trademark of this genre it’s excessive use of both prescription and OTC medication, which is how we lost Juice WRLD so young. I can’t not worry about the health and longevity of this generation. That’s me showing my age at this point, because it’s not like I haven’t done crazy things when I was young and felt indestructible too. The number of rappers who get merked for nothing though or who get into trivial beefs that escalate into bloodshed has changed though. You should be able to be reckless in your teens and 20’s and live to see your 40’s and 50’s. The odds of that just keep diminishing.