Chicago producer Monte Booker is 21. He recently referred to some of his formative influences, like the Neptunes and Kanye West, as “the old hip-hop scene.” He considers Flying Lotus a genre unto himself. Booker is a late millennial making music for a new millennium. His sounds are bespoke, and his beats don’t smack as much as they pleasingly tumble forth, like tennis balls in a dryer. He puts his generation’s restless energy to work by zapping small clicks and shots of static in and out of his productions. He makes hip-hop and R&B that pings between FlyLo’s bulging maximalism and the charming exactitude of found-sound eccentrics Matmos. Along with his like-minded Zero Fatigue crew—including rapper Smino, Jay2, Bari, and singer Ravyn Lenae—Booker is creating music with a sense of history that could only exist right now.
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