Next month, two underground rap standouts, Baltimore’s Pink Siifu and Richmond’s Fly Anakin, will join forces on the new collaborative album Fly Siifu’s. The two artists have divergent styles and approaches, but they make a certain kind of low-key sense together. We’ve posted two of their tracks, “Dollar Dr. Dream” and “Richard Pryor,” and both of them show a whole lot of potential. Today, they’ve shared a third.
Where “Dollar Dr. Dream” and “Richard Pryor” are both mellow and ruminative, the new “Mind Right” might be the loosest and haziest Siifu/Anakin track yet. The beat comes from producer Jay Versace, the former Vine comedian who has lately worked with Boldy James and Westside Gunn. It’s a woozy piano loop that’s almost entirely free of drums, and it gives the rappers a lot of room to find their own cadences and meters — to the point where it almost becomes jazzy spoken word. The track features a straight-up rap verse from Liv.e, the Dallas R&B experimenter, and she seems completely at home on this.
Fly Siifu’s is built around the concept of a fictional record store, and the “Mind Right” video picks up on that. Director Barrington Darius shot it at Poobah’s Record Shop in Los Angeles. It’s got a whole lot of fisheye lens, and it plays out a little bit like a stoner workplace comedy from the ’70s or the ’90s. Check it out below.
Fly Siifu is out 11/13 on Lex Records.