Another day, another sinister, hard-hitting Spark Master Tape track. With a new tape coming soon, the people have been graced with “KKaptain Baseball Bat Boi” and an accompanying (supposedly) crowd-sourced video of various masked figures getting into shenanigans. The same high pitched voice that was a constant presence on The #SWOUP Serengeti is here again, exclaiming “look ma, I’m twerking” and balancing out the heavy nature of the MC’s pitched down verses. The majority of Paper Platoon’s production is made up of a buzzing g-funk synth, rattling snares and hi hats and rumbling sub-bass. Like most Spark Master Tape songs, there’s also a subtle beauty to “KKaptain Baseball Bat Boi”, found towards the end of the track in breathy female vocals and a beautiful melodic string section that accompany the percussion effortlessly. Stream/download below and hit the jump to watch the video.
And if they hate me when they see my face/you’ll forgive me for the time I spent up on the grind/feel like every day
Spark Master Tape is all pastiche, an internet-era Houston disciple with an ear for schmaltzy samples, a penchant for misogyny and violence, and a willfully obscured personality. For the uninitiated, he’s an easily ignored product of a section of hip hop that should have never been given the due it’s been given. What differentiates SMT and his “Paper Platoon” from the Sprite slurping masses though is its try hard functionality and the fact that the rapping, well, actually deserves respect. SMT effortlessly switches between half and double-time flows over some of the most irregular beats and song structures in hip hop. Whoever is behind SMT’s music, it’s readily apparent that they care, something that can’t be said about the many Yung Leans creeping out of the internet woodwork. “Picture In My Coffin” is the first track off of SMT’s third project and is produced by Paper Platoon.