Last week’s Stereogum Mixtape of the Week, ETHEREAL’s Blackli$t is another fix for those missing smoker’s section beats in 2014. Without a Drake release or an up-and-comer in the mainstream, it’s on us to dig for outstanding cuts like this.
ETHEREAL the rapper has a flow that’ll remind you of Earl Sweatshirt - understated, disappearing in his 3 a.m. beats. The feature verses on Blackli$t, though, cut nicely through his haze, which is what makes “Cash” such an great track. It simultaneously swallows you in the beat while pushing AR’s dominant verse into the front. Alexandria’s melody ties the whole thing together for a great weekend-in hip hop experience.
You can pay what you want for Blackli$t over on Bandcamp.