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First Spin: Hear Silkky Johnson’s Psychedelic Rap LP ‘Debauched Legend’

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After last year’s Hater of the Year, a collection of Silkky Johnson’s instrumentals for Main Attrakionz, Western Tink, and others, the producer set out to “make a project that’s more fun to listen to than a traditional beat tape.” The result is Debauched Legend, which he describes as “a psychedelic rap album,” a purposeful hip-hop oddity: “I wanted it to sound like something you might find in a bargain bin and have no idea when it’s from or who made it.”

There is definitely a “where’d this come from?” hot mess quality to Debauched Legend. Beats are loaded up with noisy effects and car stereo-ready bass, and a multitude of rap personalities make appearances, from Internet star A$AP Rocky to Tumblr-ready types like Khalil Nova and Metro Zu, and even art-damaged Spanish-language rappers like High Kiks and Himself the Majestic, and Japanese MC, Sneeeze. Pay special attention to a particularly delirious Western Tink, who shows up on “Ain’t No Future” doing an Eazy E charming-scumbag routine and shouting out Last of the Mohicans on “Very Rare.”

Other highlights: The space funk remix of French Montana’s “Shot Caller,” and a sparkling 9th Wonder-esque take on Drake’s “Best I Ever Had.” If this is psychedelic hip-hop, then it is of the bad vibes, the world’s-smooshing-my-brain sort.

Silkky Johnson’s Debauched Legend will be available for free download on Friday over at the producer’s SoundCloud, but you can listen to it now exclusively at SPIN.