Richard Robinson is the near perfect blend of seasoned rapper and experimental newbie. The Houston-native’s style is energetic conversational, that straddles the barrier between grunge, rock and edgy urban rap sounds. Whereas a bounty of rappers lean into the continued proliferation of druggy trap or trans-global pop, Robinson takes a sharp left on the surprise tracks that I listened to, “Worst Behavior”, “R-Rated” and “Bandwagon” doubling down on his instincts, his sustaining drive, and his singular artistic vision of quirky and energetic rap that aspires to uplift its listeners as much as challenge their notions of what rap should sound like in 2017.
For this review, there is no need to beat around the bush with a fancy intro so I’ll get directly to it. Richard Robinson is one fucking good artist. From regular hip hop and rap to what Robinson is doing vocally this is a revolutionary jump, and “R-Rated” in particularly certainly helps to showcase the strengths of Robinson’s quirky quick-fire abilities and project it with absolute gusto.
You’d have to mix Eminem’s aggressive and wicked rhymes with David Byrne’s (Talking Heads) genius and seminal poetic exhortations to savor the taste of Robinson’s hybrid flow.
His style of hip-hop is what ridiculous would call insane, with an intoxicating raw-power vocal delivery that would get even rock fans into a frenzy. On “Worst Behavior”, produced by Dan Fresh, it’s hard not to get sucked in musically and emotionally, as Richard Robinson grabs you with code-like schemes, flowing in perfect harmony and departing precise meaning as if structure is genetically ingrained into his body.
I’m not sure I know anyone else outside of this guy that delivers rhymes in such a quaint and visceral way. Richard Robinson is a unique artist that makes unique music that stands out from most of the generic stuff that most artists in the genre put out nowadays.
Robinson has that energy and anti-establishment feel that will give him integrity and respect. When he is at full pelt over textured and hard hitting instrumentals he shines, and it’s impressive that he can match sharp content with such an amped delivery.
As things stand Richard Robinson has all his tools and skillset ready, to embrace and impress the industry with his newfangled alt-hop style. The question is; is the industry ready for an artist like Richard Robinson?