645 AR or DIE
It might be genius or it might be for babies? You might love it but there’s a good chance you won’t. Born in New York The Bronx and based out of South Bronx Atlanta 645 AR is a rapper making some of the most mind bending ridiculous and innovative music to hit the ears of the public.
Over the past few months he’s received a large amount of attention on tik tok for his song 4 DA TRAP. His fetal vocal delivery makes him a meme hungry community’s wet dream and since his tik tok fame in mid 2019 he has been able to build a more established career signing a deal with Columbia records as well as getting interviews with popular magazines like XXL, Complex, and Genius. Although most of his fame has materialized as a product of the obvious humor in each of his songs, he’s gone on record saying he is not trying to make a joke.
In an interview with genius 645 admits “A lot of people think it’s funny, but like, to me there’s a feeling in it” 645 AR’s music creates a space of equal parts earnestness and goofiness giving the listener no answers to what to take as an intentional stab at comedy and what to take as coming from a place of seriousness. His music walks the line between two opposites, joking and earnestness, creating a grey area that begs the question: are these two modes of engagement opposites at all? Can funny art have the means be taken seriously and vice versa? Is there a standard for what art, that is taken seriously, should sound or look like?
All of this being said at the end of the day 645 AR just makes really good music. His ability to invert expectations and bend the rules of music comes from a place of expert execution, he has an interesting vision and the skill set to back it up. Do yourself a favor and go listen to without question of the most talented and interesting people making music in 2020.
Recently the majority of 645 AR’s music was taken down from all popular streaming platforms. Although his discography still exists on the internet it is scattered across multiple different locations. The mix that I made is an attempt to consolidate his discography as well as to spotlight the tracks that I think defines his sound. GO LISTEN!!!
Written by Jesse Bond