Marshmello has obviously been a staple in the music scene for at least a few years now, but he’s obviously been involved in a genre outside of the Rap and Hip-Hop world. While EDM has always shared similar influences in certain instances as Rap music, it is typically a love or hate genre. I’ve become more accustomed to it over the past couple of months and I can listen to select songs and artists, but it takes a specific moment in time to truly connect with me. At the same time, I love seeing these genres cross paths with one another and seeing the very entertaining results that unfold when an electronic producer teams up with a rapper or singer.
Marshmello has always been in tune with the Rap world, but it wasn’t until recently that he actually decided to try his hand at actual Rap production rather than just giving a more minimal EDM beat to a rapper to spit on. He has been present all over Juice WRLD’s insanely successful posthumous album and he has worked with a few other artists, but most recently, he teamed up with Detroit star 42 Dugg to make another hit, this one called “Baggin’”.
Mello uses tiptoeing, haunting synths alongside piercing Trap percussion and somewhat toned-down drums that provide an appealing rhythm but don’t overpower the instrumental. While the production isn’t mind-blowing, per se, it provides a nice, intense feeling that Dugg feels almost too comfortable on and his demeanor makes this obvious. As he comes in for his chorus, he kind of sings in a very relaxed, unphased fashion that’s almost condescending in certain aspects. There appear to be almost no effects on his vocals, but there are a few layers that can be heard, giving the track some complexity and denseness.
His personality matches that of some of his other Detroit counterparts where he never truly raises his levels of enthusiasm too much, but this straightforward, unapologetic delivery combined with his ruthless lines that he doesn’t even second guess truly make you zone in on every single word he’s saying, no matter how violent, braggadocios, or eye-popping they may be. As he comes in for his verse, the layers of his voice are minimized to one singular vocal track as the percussive elements cut out for his first few bars before coming right back in and elevating the attack of this record incredibly. The same strategy is used when he goes in for his concise second verse, but his rhyme schemes are intriguingly unique and add another appealing quality to this already attention-grabbing record.
While I’m not overly familiar with all of the variety of music that Dugg has been constantly putting out over the past few years, I have been consistently impressed with the features I’ve heard him deliver as well as singles such as this one. I have become such a massive fan of the Detroit Rap scene because of how individualistic every single artist seems to be, and this is refreshing considering many talents in certain cities all sound very similar and work together, so the sound or style coming out of certain cities can be somewhat singular at times. While I can’t say that this track is going to make anyone a fan out of Marshmello as a Rap producer, he does the important job of simply providing a solid foundation for Dugg to do his thing and not distract too much from the skills that he’s displaying as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what other artists Mello is going to work within the Rap world moving forward, but for now, check out his latest song with 42 Dugg entitled “Baggin’”.