By Jack Barnes
“Trippy stuff” is how reddit’s hiphopheads admin describes Chicago rapper Mikey Dollaz, with his exquisite ear for beats: he often finds the most avant-garde and experimental electronic beats to attack with his aggressive bars. Today, Mikey Dollaz releases both the single “High As Air,” a collaboration with acclaimed Glaswegian producer Sega Bodega, and an accompanying music video. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump. On “High As Air,” premiered today by reddit’s supremely active hip hop subreddit, rhiphopheads, Sega Bodega channels his namesake, creating a backdrop suitable for a particularly difficult level of Sonic The Hedgehog, while Mikey attacks the track with a brutal, stopping-and-starting flow. The result is a singularly wavy Mikey Dollaz track, blending the rap styles of his hometown with the most innovative sounds in electronic club music. “The thing I love about the beat is that it’s real hard, it’s real strong,” Mikey Dollaz explains. “Everything [Sega Bodega] did with the beat was perfect. If you turn that beat on, you’re gonna automatically wanna write to it.”
“High As Air” continues a very busy 2016 for the prolific artist, as it follows July’s drug-addled videos for “Problem,” premiered by ThisIs50, and “Hot 16,” which premiered at Dirty Glove Bastard and was praised by HipHopDX as “an invigorating ride.” In June, Mikey Dollaz released his Good Music Gone Bad mixtape, flexing an aggressive and percussive, yet nimble flow over production by Chicago producer Saint the Good Boy. On Good Music Gone Bad, Saint and Mikey Dollaz make hard-hitting, menacing street music for the block and the club.
Prior to the release of Good Music Gone Bad, Mikey Dollaz shared a video for the sinister “Street Symphony“ featuring GuGu, I.L. Will and JB Bin Laden, as well as a visual for the shimmering synth slow-burner “Any Given Sunday“, a short clip directed by DaDaCreative which artfully details a day in the life on the West Side of Chicago for Mikey Dollaz. The Chicago heavy hitter dropped his “Commas“visual last month, which MTV called “the waviest shit I’ve heard all year” while naming his Picture Me Rollin project one of 2016’s most underappreciated albums so far. A versatile lyricist, Mikey Dollaz has worked with an impressive range of genre-bending producers including SALVA, Sonny Digital, andObey City to create trap ballads and electronic-influenced bangers alike. “My sound really isn’t inspired by any place or person,” Mikey Dollaz explains. “But drugs play a big role in how my music sounds. You can tell how high I am off the energy of my music. When I first started rapping I always recorded on drugs, so that’s what I was kind of used to and stuck on.”
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