#19 - rrodney - "miss the rage" (Jersey club remix of Trippie Redd ft. Playboi Carti - "Miss the Rage")
Trippie Redd’s “rage beat” rap has a plastic, maximal quality evoking RUSTIE-esque festival EDM. It all feels so Fortnite: tinny, shiny, high-definition, pubescent, smooth, too smooth. Smooth like a musical zamboni hoovered over the mix.
Thing is, rage beats only get monotonous after you listen to a bunch in succession (which happened this year following Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red, as tons of rappers copied the formula). Alone, they sound awesome. “Miss the Rage” has an undeniable infectiousness. The synths slash through like plasma beams out of a synthetic cannon.
Jersey clubber rrodney remixed the track (just the beat, the Trippie-Carti vocals have been expunged and replaced by Missy Elliot going ra-tah-tah) and it’s fantastic. What I love about Jersey club remixes of already great songs is that they inject the music with a new sense of urgency and supply a similar dopamine rush to speeding the whole thing up. The stuttered vocal sequences and frenetic drums create this cascading feeling of constant suspension, like you’re p-p-p-p-p-p-peaking, maintaining a breathless state of mid-dance euphoria. It’s as if the bass drop is happening over and over, that tremulous adrenaline of the climax extended across a longer length, a speedy never-ending groove. Dancing to it, you almost feel like you’re levitating.
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