The first artist I’ll be highlighting is Lé Real 現実. This young south born rapper hails from North Carolina and started rapping when he moved to Bedford, Massachusetts. Although, if you ask anyone that lives there, they’ll refer to it as Boston (it’s a regional thing). I personally discovered him when his song Kame House (prod. by Macross 82-99) started playing through the soundcloud app randomly.
Much like the song, he creates clever rhymes and possesses a laserbeam focus upon his subject matters. Looking through his various songs and collaborations, it would be easy to label Real as an “anime rapper”. This assumption would belittle his artistic portfolio rather severely. If you’ve listened to anime rap to some capacity, you’ll notice he doesn’t quite fit that mold and for good reason. The sum of his parts are unorthodox, part philosopher and a wordsmith to name a few.
He’ll often take you on a journey of a day in his life, reflect on relationships, or share thoughts on popular music. Make no mistake, he can also provide songs that would be considered party starters and club bangers. Like any legitimate rapper he’ll boast about his abilities against all would be challengers. Now, it would be more accurate to quote him and say that — he’s surfing on a vaporwave.
If I were to associate a musical genre with Real it would be vaporwave. If you aren’t familiar that genre, it gained popularity around 2010. It mainly seeks its inspiration from the 1980s and 1990s. Its music similar to what you’d normally hear playing during an episode of the original Miami Vice. Regardless of the genre, Real is able to combine his modern outlook on life in his lyrics deftly and smoothly.
As of now, Virtual Museum is his only album, and yes we say that somewhat solemnly(we await more). The album is a 19 track of what could be argued to be his best over the years. Virutal Museum covers the genres of vaporwave, future funk, experimental, hip hop, thoughtful conscious rap and etc. Side note: he has many songs he’s worked on featured on other albums.
From his intro with the track Water he welcomes listeners to the album. The beat and his lyrics are catchy and attention worthy. After the playful intro we then transition to 1080p. In my opinion, 1080p (prod. Contact Lens) maybe the best song among the album. The song is a serious reflection as he raps about his past, present, and future. The 1980s fusion jazz inspired track goes hand in hand with his musing with life and music.
Now, when Beach クルーザー(prod. Infinite Quazar) starts playing Real manages to showoff more of complexities. Here, he uses what seems like a party beat to surf through a wave of pressing thoughts on his mind.
Yo, your origin is mad irrelevant cause all that really matters is in the end is where you’re going.