After his soiree into the still-too-unexplored genre of cowboy hip-hop with “Beverly Hills,” Virginia native Shaboozey returns to mix country-western into the roots of his previously established hip–hop leaning sound with “GAS!”—the third and final single off his upcoming album. Following the global success of this last single, “GAS!” feels like a more seasoned and centered utilization of Shaboozey’s sonic palette in a hip-hop space.
Immediately setting the scene in a western landscape with the sounds of slide guitar and eagle calls, the track grounds itself with a picked acoustic guitar riff, which might be just as at home in a top 40 song as it would be in a Johnny Cash tune. The music video drives this home even further – a high-energy piece that uses FPV drones, stunt drivers, technocranes, and vintage cars, but still centers around the thoughtfully crafted homage to a Spaghetti Western.
As drill hi-hats and 808s punctuate Shaboozey’s rolling melodic flow, the producer and filmmaker raps about how far he has come, and how much of the road lies ahead. And Shaboozey’s not wrong—with 200M+ global streams to date, this rising artist has plenty more ahead of him than he does behind.
Listen to “GAS!” Here: https://music.empi.re/gas_shaboozey.OPR
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