Wafeek has made no bones about the fact that he wants to be an internet celebrity (ie: sell a lot of records to white suburban kids). Hell, he's even gone so far to drop a mildly ironic track with the very same name. Fair enough, save for the fact that your average white hip-hop kid is pretty insufferable and that the average rapper who blows up in that way (see Kid Sister, Fanny Pack, etc.) shits the bed in half the time. God bless that 3G speed. Granted, there have been some Net cross-over kids like Kids In The Hall and that Shwayze band that has that one good song, but by and large the only advantage is their quick disappearance.
Sure we all want dollars, and there's no reason why there shouldn't be cross-over, but I'm both surprised and a little bit put-off by Wafeek rhyming over Minus The Bear loops or referencing fucking Pitchfork. I guess it's bound to happen, but it does not bode well for my hackles not jumping like an epileptic low-rider. Truth be told, things aren't all backpacker on The Aristocrats Mixtape, but it is based on a Friar's Club theme for chrissakes. That's just fucking weird. I was just coming to grips with Wale and his Seinfeld tape. Do I smell a Fawlty Towers theme in the near future. MF Doom? Your move.
Wafeek can certainly rhyme, and you can't knock his hustle. With a lot of these free mixtapes, they are worth every penny of the nothing you pay, but The Aristocrats is definitely worth checking out. Big ups to Trackstar the DJ and The Smoking Section for teaming up with dude to get the Wafeek name out there. Pick The Aristocrats Mixtape up here (again, for free). If you get down like that, be his internet jump-off here.
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