White John, aka “The White Gurb”
Most rap fans are surely aware of names such as Blueface and Shoreline Mafia. Popularizing “chill” melodic beats with heavy use of claps, snaps and Lex Luger FX, these signature Californian rappers ride somewhat of a staple sound in 2020. Many do not know, however, that such a sound would be pioneered much earlier than the start of Shoreline Mafia and the successes of Blueface.
In 2016-2017, artists like Drakeo the Ruler and Frosty Da Snowmann would become the first LA rappers to blast this sound out into the masses (and to much local success), inspiring a generation of rap in the coming years. An exciting offspring of this culture in 2020 is undoubtedly “White John”, – a Caucasian rap-natural doing big numbers and looking to end up among the ranks of LA’s biggest.
Frequently dropping LA slang throughout his lyrics, like “gurb” and “BD” (baby-daddy), White John is posted alongside known LA figures and raps with a confident and timely flow. His hooks are far from disappointing, lacking in neither catchiness or melody. One has to wonder if he takes musical advice from the likes of LA names like Fenix Flexin, who is a collaborator of White John already.
Check out White John’s only release (currently), a nine track EP called “Cases Pending” and containing all of his catchy YouTube hits so far. Also be sure to check out his socials, on Twitter and Instagram.
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