No, Frank & Oak is not another name you’ve slept on. They’ve got a Soundcloud, but the only thing they produce that’s fire is clothing. Yet here is their name in lights. Bright, sexy, sheerly brilliant lights at that, getting to be this close to Ryan Hemsworth, whose luminous talent is crisp, unique, and unrivaled in this industry. A music world of menial, meaningless, monotony; so much so that wavelengths visually match up on trillions of tracks, and everyone thinks they’re a DJ/Producer. They’re all copying each other and then using robots to input a formula into social medias. Everyone thinks they have what it takes to do this.
Ryan Hemsworth is not everyone.
Ryan Hemsworth, and the company he keeps, prove it is possible to maintain individuality, push every envelope, and be the exception not the rule. It goes without saying that such members of the WEDIDIT Collective (RL Grime, Shlohmo, Purple) as Hemsworth intrinsically embody these characteristics. It is who they are, what they are about. Hemsworth mimicked these ideals of this purposefully understated collective one step further, in his launch of Secret Songs. It is not a label, or even a boutique collective. Ryan kept it simple in this creation of a Soundcloud page, where he releases music from lesser known artists. That’s it. Secret Songs.
Music is the focal point, always. It is about the integrity and the art and its artist. Today is about Ryan Hemsworth and his very sick abilities to woo male and female alike, as they symbolically throw themselves at his feet in deeply vetted veneration. This reviewer is currently listening to his music and could care less that her heart is literally melting.
Ryan Hemsworth has had a busy year, including the launch of Secret Songs which was mentioned already. He released his first full length album entitled, “Alone For The First Time,” toured globally to promote said album, playing shows from here to Australia. The latest news is word that he is touring this summer, with Montreal native and friend of WEDIDIT, Tommy Kruise. Kruise plays mostly rap in his sets, and so the aptly named ‘Just Rap Mix’ Tour will feature just that. A taste of what is coming can be found in Ryan Hemsworth’s new mix, the ‘Just Rap Mix,’ released alongside his tour announcement. Apparently, Tommy helped with the track selection, telling Ryan he knows every good rap song,’ stated I’m sure in his thick accent, and with goofy inflection. Quite believable seeing Kruise’s set in Philadelphia, opening for RL Grime, was trap heavy, filled with quality rap.
As if this tour announcement from those two wasn’t enough. The savory, delicious, lick your fingers and the fork bone dry icing on this cake is this mixtape. For anyone expecting the smooth sounds of Hemsworth, this mix isn’t necessarily not smooth. The transitions are smooth and the instrumentals fluid, but this mix is made of grimy rap music from intro to the track before the outro. It is remnant of RL’s Halloween Mixes or his Diplo & Friends. White boys with so much swagger are quite a phenomenon, a rare bird or endangered, mind boggling species. Few of them actually have it. Less of them understand the intricacies of using dirty rap music in their mixes or sets, with so many people exploiting that type of music for gain rather than utilizing it to create newness and spread the love that is all music.
The point is that there is an elite class of artists in today’s game that have what it takes to come correct with a mixtape, or an original track even. Ryan Hemsworth approaches us righteously, presenting his audience with a collection of tracks that have added instrumentals to include his signature sound transitions so smooth they are indecipherable. S/O to Tommy Kruise for his assistance on the track selection, because it is impeccable. They find the dirtiest rap from the realest traps. They chop it, screw it, mix it, and give it more or less or whatever it needs to groove as much as it bangs. Ultimately, a face that looks like disgust should come across your face as you listen, so that the old trap adage comes to mind: Damn son, where’d you find this?
It is a mystery to me as to where Ryan Hemsworth, or any talented DJ, finds this wide array of tracks; tracks that get you hype and keep you there for hours on end.
Fam, plz listen to his mixtape. Even though he doesn’t have to spam you with a joke that seems like it will never get old, until it does. In all seriousness though, Hemsworth has put together one of the best rap mixes you will hear anywhere. What is most astounding is the mixing skills of such true tastemakers as Ryan Hemsworth. It goes deeper than track selection, to selection within the tracks, and then to the many layers they add to give his sound such flow. There is a reason he is part of WEDIDIT, and stands among a dwindling group of those in the industry unaffected by anything but the music. It is as if they are immune to the toxic waste and energy that ruin and jade people. Unfortunately, those toxins don’t weed out the bad from the good, making an artist such as Ryan Hemsworth invaluably scarce. When you find someone like this, you hold on to them forever, listen to everything they ever make, and find their new stuff to cop listens before anyone else can.
If you actually read this entire ridiculous love letter written to Ryan, RL, and WeDidIt…you can stream the mix in all of its glory below. Hemsworth had this to say about it:
“The tour I have coming up in June with Tommy Kruise is going to be mostly rap, with surprise guests at most of the shows. I wanted to have a fun tour, just hit some of my favourite cities as the weather is getting nice and people are finishing up school. I’m in a good mood right now. It’s sunny out this is the type of shit you should drive around and listen to when you’re feeling good. I also just wanted to introduce people to some different rappers. Tommy helped me with the selection as well because he knows every good rap song.”
Boogie – Oh Myyy
Johnny May Cash – My Last Days
Swook – Feelin’ Good (ft. Yung Pook)
Rarri Vuitton & Purpdogg – 12 Bucks
JME – Calm (prod. Tommy Kruise) (Instrumental)
K9 – Show Stacks
DJ Smokey & Tommy Kruise – Shania
Gucci Mane – Money Do
Baauer – Promises (ft. Fetty Wap & Dubbel Dutch)
Bop King DLOW – Poor Connection
Deebs – Realize
Playboi Carti – Broke Boi
Kensuke Ushio – Wish Upon A Star
Bricc Baby Shitro – 6 Drugs
Stacksz – EyRabs (so700)
Ryan Hemsworth – Yahhh Loop
HAYDN – Stockholm Subway Stories
Tre Mission – Eyes Low
Two-9 – Did It
Mackned – Rookie Of The Year
Future – Can’t Lie
Kodak Black – SKRT
Cousin Stizz – Shoutout
Robert Robert – Deadline Ft. Rollie, Félix Noé
Billionaire Black X UNO – Costa Rica
Chief Keef – Thot Breaker
Sauce Twinz Ft Trae The Truth – Drip Sauce
RJ & Choice – Money Calling
Gunplay – All On You (Either Or)
Main Attrakionz – Ain’t No Other Way
Young Thug – Mine
Tory Lanez – Mama Told Me (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth x Tory Lanez x Play Picasso)
Don’t forget to get tickets to see Ryan Hemsworth and Tommy Kruise on the ‘Just Rap Mix’ Tour. For information about Ryan’s tour dates and links to purchase tickets, click here.