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Rap newcomer Boof Chief releases a single titled "420 Daze"

A graphic from rapper Boof Chief's social media.
A graphic from rapper Boof Chief's social media.
Glenn Craven/ Used with permission

With April 20 upon us all, Boof Chief contributes to those who celebrate with a little laid-back, mood music.

Love it or hate it, "4/20" is here. Taking advantage of the counterculture holiday, Logan County rapper Boof Chief made this pot-relevant Monday the release date for an unexpected single, "420 Daze."

Boof Chief, still a senior in high school, is based in Guthrie, Okla., but still travels to and works with other artists from his hometown of Kansas City, Mo. Since starting his rap career, Boof has managed to turn quite a few heads due to his technicality and ostentatious, yet subtly intellectual lyrics.

Songs such as "Flow Dirty" and "SwanK.C.," a CleverMind song that features a Boof Chief verse, have gained him quite a fan base. In fact, most of the songs on his SoundCloud, be they his own or ones he's featured on, breach 1,000 plays, which is no small feat for a teenage newcomer from a small town.

The new single veers a bit off the traditional Boof Chief path; however, in a good way. The first thing that will stick out like an incredibly sore thumb is the beat choice. Being a collaborative effort by beatmakers nooon and GRiMM Doza, the instrumental for "420 Daze" is a slighty-trippy, boom-bap rooted track that resembles strains of artists, such as Cannibal Ox and Del The Funky Homosapien. It also resembles some things from the late '90s underground movement that was happening in Seattle and parts of New York.

Boof Chief's verse starts out with the usual confident assonance and slant rhyming, but only for a fleeting moment. It then goes into a more traditional hip-hop pentameter. Lyrically, the verse is somewhat of a contrast to what the title suggests. Its theme is revolved around self-reflection and references to acquaintances, with little reference to marijuana.

"420 Daze" also features a verse from emcee Aspen Indigo, who brings an essence similar to Salt-N-Pepa or a toned-down MC Lyte. With Aspen's verse being calm yet firm, it's refreshing to hear a female rapper who doesn't try to go for the Nicki Minaj and Chanel West Coast "rapping Barbie" effect, and who can hold her own on a beat that combats the mainstream sound.

"Aspen is a special kind of lyricist," Boof Chief said today in an interview with this Examiner. "Writing to the nooon and Doza collab, I had the realization that this was the track I had to have Aspen on and she killed it."

Aside from vocals being slightly too low and a pop here and there not caught by the microphone's filter, "420 Daze" is a solid track. Though it doesn't borrow too much from his usual repertoire, its sure to weed out the fake Boof Chief fans from the the real.

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