A few days ago I got a text from someone saying (in all caps) “YOU HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT SPOOKY BLACK ON YOUR BLOG!!!”. I had no idea who Spooky Black was and wasn’t in a place i could watch a video so, I put it on hold for a little while. Hearing the name “Spooky Black”, your mind goes places. I heard it and thought one of two things, it’s a weirdo southern rapper (probably cause the name reminded me of this group “The spooks” from back in the day) OR it’s some terribly embarrassing internet thing that was gonna make me feel funny inside. Well, it turns out the latter was closer to the truth…but not how I expected it.
Wait…what? Now, if you’re one of my readers who does that thing of casually glancing at something, making up a shitty opinion on it and moving on, then please just keep it moving here. If you ONLY fuck with rap music, clearly this song will come on as white noise to you. However, for the rest of you, that’s pretty crazy, right? He’s basically an albino child in a collection of killer turtlenecks , filming in the forests of who the fuck knows where (and on a couch) that HAPPENS to have this awesome voice. On top of that, he’s seemingly got good beats. I mean, it’s no reinventing the wheel but it’s both very relevant to what’s current right now and just, overall, a pleasing listen. I mean, shit, I’m by no means a new R&B guy. I think some Frank Ocean and The Weeknd is pretty good. I won’t bump it (or this for that matter) but I see it’s worth without question. With Spooky Black…I’m at a loss. It’s pretty undeniably good for what it is.
Also, it should be added that he’s , in fact, from the U.S.A.. I think of all these surprises that’s the biggest one. I assumed he was from Sweden or some shit but, nope…he’s apparently from St. Paul, MN. This dude is breaking stereotypes all over the fucking place.
My question is “How is this not a bigger deal?”
Last year, I wrote a disparaging piece on the emergence of “Yung Lean”.
Well, not so much his personally, but his rabid fanbase and the internet machine that allows him to thrive. The response has been a non-stop trickling of angry Yung Lean fans who both don’t know how to read and love terrible music. With Yung Lean, we had a weirdo kid doing something that was unexpected so it caught peoples eye. A swedish (I forget if that’s what he was but who cares?) teenager rapping about his emotions badly over current sounding cloud rap beats. The thing was, he wasn’t particularly talented. He just happened to be doing it and, clearly, that was enough for people. With spooky black there are similarities. He’s doing something that seems unexpected and presenting it in a way that’s even less sensical. In fact, it’s downright ridiculous. I mean, he’s the whitest man alive and his name is fucking Spooky Black. If I saw him walking through the woods, I’d be terrified that I entered some sort of pimped out children in the corn type world and run the other way as fast as possible. That said, he can fucking sing. He really can. So, when’s it his turn?
It would be a shame for this guy to slip through the cracks cause people don’t take him seriously based on his insane image, meanwhile, the far less talented basically do the same thing and get kudos all over the place. So, hey, let’s make Spooky Black happen. That video should have like 8 million views already and he should be busy planning his first US super tour. I don’t see what’s holding him up…get on this internet.
His album is available on Bandcamp. I’m actually kinda digging it.
This is so weird, man.
Or just peep his tracks here…