If you took the most deplorable elements of today’s rap scene — the rampant misogyny, the nihilistic attitude towards putting any visible effort into anything, and the blatant non-creativity of most up-and-comers who are perfectly content being a Future or Migos clone —combined them, intensified them, and then personified them, you’d get Comethazine: a No Jumper industry plant who’s too busy being edgy and appearing ‘hard’ to make music worth giving a shit about. That’s the image Bawskee, his first mixtape, tries to bolster, by constantly referencing the rapper’s strong hankering to “smash” Demi Lovato (he even has a track dedicated to the singer, insisting he’ll “nut on her titties (Titties) / Whip out my cock, ayy (Cock), make the bitch lick it”) and really just portraying himself as a reprehensible human being at every turn. Comethazine’s songs rarely exceed two minutes in length, long enough to still actively annoy you with their harsh bass and heavy drums (imagine a beat for Playboi Carti, but, like, not fun), and allowing just enough time for the 19 year-old to shout some grossly obnoxious boasts about how much lean he drinks or how much money he has (he does both on “No Discussion”: “Lean up in my tummy / Watch, this hoe gon’ fuck cos’ I be flexin’ all this money”). Bawskee is a dreadfully unpleasant attempt at posturing, one that makes it blatantly clear who Comethazine truly is: a cash-in hack, who, by plagiarizing the most surface level elements from Gen Z hip-hop artists, shows how far some people are willing to go to gain that clout.
Published as part of What Meek Didn’t Do | The Rap Releases We Missed in 2018.