I’ve been following a lot of new Atlanta influenced hip hop quite loosely over the past few years, and while it’s not to some people’s tastes, I really love the post-Young Thug style, where things like rhythmic inventiveness, melody and ad-libs often take precedence over dense lyricism. Its really fun music. I have noticed that production on a lot of big tracks in the past few years have turned slightly away from the huge metro boomin / 808 mafia / zaytoven trap style, instead choosing something a bit more slinky. Kicks and 808s are swampy and less punchy, and instead of spaciousness, the tracks are filled with melody and more complex percussion. Pierre Bourne’s work for Playboi Carti is a definite reference.
Can anyone who knows more than me shed some light on whether this recent evolution is an actual thing, or can point me toward more producers/artists with this kind of sound?