It's been five years since Philly-based MC Spank Rock's last full-length record. And if the first two singles from his highly anticipated new album are any indication, the record is sure to reflect half a decade of dilligent writing, rewriting, mixing, remixing and mastermind-level tinkering.
Spank's 2006 album YoYoYoYoYo was comprised of twelve dense tracks built on interwoven layers of classic hip-hop lyricism, baudy party rap raunch, and forward-thinking indie-electro production. Like the title of the record would suggest, the music was just as unhinged and ready for action as a face-numb playboy trying to holla'atcha.
Well, Spank Rock's new album is called Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar, and the first single, "Energy" -- a Brit-mod-R&B-n'-roll burner -- was a total departure from everything the MC had previously done. But that was nothing compared to the mindfuck of the album's second single-slash-video "DTF DADT."
Spank Rock's lyrics detail a vomitorium's worth of decadence. So it's no surprise the video -- directed by Philly-based music video duo Scott and Karl, who have also done videos for Big Freedia and Toro Y Moi, among others -- takes place at a party.
However, this party is some kind of David Lynch-meets-Sesame-Street nightmare where partygoers trying to play an innocuous game of charades, are murdered by, uh, shapes hungry for blood.
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The monochromatic quirk depicted onscreen goes well with "DTF DADT"s brittle industrial stomp. It's almost like Spank Rock is actually completing the transition from eclectic hip-hop to post-genre perfection that Kanye West pretends to be achieving by crying through Auto-Tune.
Spank Rock with Ke$ha and LMFAO. Sunday, August 7. Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $31.50 to $46 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-358-7550 or visit bayfrontparkmiami.com.