It’s difficult for a rapper not to succumb to his geography when he’s from Compton. Buddy avoids this pitfall.
The Internet fluctuates between extreme collectivity (the Odd Future years) and individualism. Hive Mind is the California group’s Aquemini, a resounding statement about the group’s collective identity. Each musician’s hand is clearly identifiable on all the album’s 13 songs:
MIKE, who is sometimes linked to the new hip hop generation that is thriving on the internet, is delivering his first studio album at age 19, after several noteworthy projects. This entry into the music industry is not designed to siphon off the rapper’s identity. Because MIKE doesn’t make music to get famous; there is no shortage of experimental tracks
Manga aficionados found out about Kodama—those malicious tree spirits—from Miyazaki’s films. Thus the musical duo has chosen the mysterious and the natural, but their music’s jazz/electro fusion reveals a voluntary tension between the product and the method.