Some of my favorite rap songs struggle to stay in a single thematic lane, often takingÂ unexpected detours towards budding unrealized concepts. These tangential side streets remind us that self-expression is not always improved by lucidity or linearity. On the song “White Green” rapper Boiwundah of West Coast early 90s rap group Funkytown Pros1 provides us a glimpse into a delightfully imperfect creative process by failing to stick to the topic. His unusual delivery —he flows on beat/off beat in unpredictable patterns, frequently changing speed and inflection— complements his scatterbrained but clever lyrics. He makes a noble attempt to develop a series of racially-charged political statements based on different metaphorical uses of the colors “white” and “green” but his thoughts wander where they will. From his artistic mission statement to pondering the pitfalls of the spotlight to a debate over the merits of lyrical complexity, there’s a lot going on. The thread that runs through it all is the concept of integrity, and one gets the sense that Boiwundah’s treatment is no less insightful for having gradually bubbled to the surface of an inspired mind at play. — Thun
Bonus: Two Funkytown Pros demos that were recorded off of Kevin Beacham’s Time Travel radio show by Roy Johnson.
- I wrote a review for their only album, the highly recommended Reachin’ A Level Of Assassination a while back. [↩]