As Enigmatic’s head of content creation, I’ve always felt that staying up with the times in order to be finding the newest ways to innovatively bring music fans and hip-hop heads the content they’re interested in is one of our most important, and difficult, challenges.
With Dyllon launching his first Artist of the Week feature yesterday, not to mention his piece on the state of Orlando Hip Hop to launch the new decade, I think we’re off to a nice start. Today, I’m excited to kick off another new Enigmatic campaign featuring Quin NFN’s newest single Crash Dummy in our now-newest segment Enigmatic’s: Word for Word which will take a deep look at the song we can’t stop playing each week and what statistically makes it as great as it is.
Often times, artists such as Quin that fit the subgenre category of Hip-Hop known as ‘trap rap’ get overlooked or under appreciated for their lyrical prowess and natural music abilities whether it’s for the content of the songs itself, or the similarity in sound to other major artists in the subgenre.
But the numbers never lie. And on CrashDummy, Quin NFN debunks all of these myths and more while he proves word for word just how talented he is as a musical artist.
Let it be known, and it’ll be on full display January 31st at downtown Orlando’s The Soundbar too, that although Austin, Texas native Quin NFN may be under the radar to begin 2020 that this more than likely won’t be the case by year’s end. Quickly rising in popularity, his single Crash Dummy is a perfect example of why.
An instrumental that has a very old school, dirty South knock to it the soon to be nineteen-year-old phenom wastes no time jumping straight on the beat and takes no prisoners with immediate precise lyricism and intricate bars. A comparable name that comes to mind for me from the jump is superstar rapper, and self-deemed ‘fast rapper’ DaBaby.
For what it’s worth though Quin’s imitation of this fast rap flow, which he utilizes often on a lot of his songs, actually outpaces and is more effective than one of the best in the game right now. Crash Dummy, 2:10 in its duration, has a total of 558 words including adlibs (‘hold on!’ is my favorite one) which paces out to just above 266 words per minute (WPM). In comparison, DaBaby’s hit single ‘Bop’ averages only 260 WPM.
So, he raps faster than DaBaby? Bet.
Continuing to dive in word for word, it’s one thing of course to just rap fast. It’s a whole other talent and gift to have true quality in what an artist is actually saying, especially while rapping fast. ‘Quality words’ is what we’ll term it. The criteria deeming a quality word being some combination of either being multiple syllables, a non-personal pronoun or non-curse word, or in general some type of descriptive noun, adjective, or verb.
The 4NUN artist’s Crash Dummy has 231 quality words of the 558 that make up the song as a whole, this averages out to a 41.3% quality word percentage which puts him on par with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan emcee Raekwon’s career discography average.
So, his bars are as ‘lyrically conscious’ as Raekwon’s? Bet.
Finally, taking one more dive into his bars themselves there’s two things to take note of and appreciate. The first being the surprising amount of variety and diversity in what he’s talking about in such a short song.
Of the 68 total bars, 57 are what I’m coining as quality bars (over 84% of the entire song!) that are not used as fillers, bridges into hooks or next verses, intro/outros, or just filling dead space on the beat. And of those 57 bars, we can break them down into five different subcategories:
- Money, Women, and Drugs: 37% (largest subcategory)
- Fashion (usually designer brands) and Clothing: 14.7% (tied for second)
- Direct references to his Hometown: 14.7% (tied for second)
- Pop Culture Metaphors: 10.2%
- Mexican Food References: 8.8%
Quick side note: Quin with your Texas roots, and the lyrics in this song, we can only guess but you seem to be a Tex-Mex food junkie?
The second thing to take note of about Quin NFN and this song, and feel free to let us know in the comments or on social media as its open for interpretation, does the seemingly reckless behavior and no tolerance for BS that Quin raps about make him the crash dummy in terms of his own lifestyle?
Or is it Quin taking a direct shot at those against him, coining them the crash dummies, for doubting his hustle as their hating crashes and burns while he effortlessly ascends the ranks of this rap game?
I’d put money on the second of those two options. Come see for yourself on the 31st.