Autotune and acoustics always go great together.
One of my favorite things about hip-hop, and why I believe it is the greatest genre in the history of music, is its innate ability to be fused with nearly any other style and still sound delightful. Yung Dabley and producer Louie Zong teamed up to fuse an instrumental with none of the typical 808s or hi-hats that have become standard for most rappers, but instead takes a whistling sample, guitar, and standard drum kit, that comes together to create a noise that seems apt to play in the background of any abandoned western town.
Yung Dabley’s autotuned voice creates a perfectly dreary melody over Zong’s beat, perfectly conveying his message in a rare happily-melancholy tone. This mash up of acoustics and autotune is not original to Dabley, as Lil West’s “You Can Have it All,” began this trend several months ago, but nonetheless, this unexpected pairing is nothing short of delightful every time. I can’t wait to see how Dabley follows up this despondent joint.
Stream “Ghost Town” below.