Missed Calls

Missed Calls

“It’s the post-backpack, post-swag rap, the end of trap, and it’s not wack.” By not fitting in, as Philly rapper Tunji Ige declares on “Fired Up,” he creates his own lane and mashes the pedal. A fluency in boom-bap and love of trippy late-night vibes makes Missed Calls percolate with underground anthems that connects with fans of both A Tribe Called Quest and Future. Tracks like “22” and “All Night” stomp with the force of a thousand desert boots. He details the paper chase to a trap beat on “On My Grind.” “War” connects thick synth waves and lonesome snares for a heady concoction. Filled with clever sound and fresh perspective, Missed Calls ensures that Ige’s voicemail will be full from this point forward.

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