‘Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp’ and Rap’s Reluctant Link

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SpaceGhostPurrp is the glue that bonds the modern rap scene together. Well, at least he could be, if he didn’t dwell in the same shadowy nooks his music inhabits. Purrp has a new album out this week, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, and he’s booked collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Main Attrakionz and the oversized Odd Future clan. But when Hive asked the Florida rapper and producer if he’d like to work with Rocky again and he simply said, “No.” He said he’d rather work with Eazy-E and 2Pac, two Cali connections that are much harder to make.

This idea of existing in another world — away from the mainstream ambitions of the A$AP kids and inside his music’s own otherworldly aura — defines Purrp’s new album, The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp. Earlier this year Purrp told Hive that his record was about “chilling.” He was lying, unless Purrp’s take on “chilling” means chasing inner demons to a brooding soundtrack that could easily score a scene in some suspense flick. At its best, his formula frightens: “Get Yah Head Bust” comes off like fight-club music for fiends. And the softer and more carefully he speaks, the more menacing his threats about being “the black ghost” become. (The song’s accompanying video keeps with the creepy vibe, with warped footage of Purrp on stage performing to a crowd that resembles a room full of hypnotized cult followers.)

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