(AllHipHop News) What is SoundCloud rap? That’s a question Vince Staples posed during his interview with the In Sight Out podcast. The Big Fish Theory album creator turned the question back around on P**itchfork managing editor Matthew Schnipper when asked about the sub-genre.
“What is that? Example? Is Lil Uzi Vert SoundCloud rap? I love Lil Uzi Vert,” replied Staples.
The Def Jam recording artist was then asked about Lil Pump’s music. After admitting he doesn’t listen to Pump, Vince wanted to know if the “Gucci Gang” rhymer was white.
“I don’t know how I feel about white people with dreads. That’s just my take on that,” said Staples. “But I never heard his music, and I hope he does well.”
Vince added, “I hope everybody’s saving their money and not being rude to people. That’s all I really care about. But as far as all these n-ggas looking alike… I just know who done shot somebody before. So when I hear people talk like that type of sh-t… I just did an album without one act of violence in it. I was real proud of myself.”
The term “SoundCloud Rap” has become a label used for acts that rose to prominence on the streaming platform. Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump, XXXTentacion, and Trippie Redd are among the performers to launch their careers on SoundCloud.
In a recent interview with AllHipHop, SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor gave his opinion on the musical classification being associated with the company.
“In terms of this group of artists, to me, they are about their immediacy and connection to their audience. The way that they access their audience through SoundCloud speaks to connecting with that fan base without anybody else in the way,” expressed Trainor. “Our mission is to provide the tools, the platform, and the environment for creators to do their best work. Then we want to be out of their way.
He continued, “So for us, [‘SoundCloud Rap’] encapsulates that. It’s a mission we believe very deeply about, and that’s what we’re in the world to do – empower artists and be that first place where they access their audience and that first place where listeners can find those creators doing incredible things.”