‘Ray Gun’ is a hit track from BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah’s newest album, Sour Soul released this February. The album is a collaborative project between Toronto-based trio BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG), which includes Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alexander Sowinski on drums; and Ghostface Killah – a member of the Wu-Tang Clan who went on to pursue a solo career. Killah is known for his colorful storyteller style in rap, and his narrative is mixed with BBNG’s post-bop electronica sounds.
What makes this combination great is that BBNG is known for their interesting interpretations of hip hop. Sour Soul is an album-wide experimental hip hop that tours worldwide. And ‘Ray Gun’ is one of the greatest hits on the album.
It opens up with ’70s style mystique, continuing along with a seductive psychedelic beat taken over by Ghostface Killah’s lyrical style bulleting across the track, giving way to Doom, another interesting face on the album. Doom is the New York- based rapper who gives this track another level of flavour with his super villain persona.
I love the way Ghostface Killah often flirts with an older time in his music. While this track is less narrative than what he’s known for, it still carries with quick quips and a great back beat. The ending is particularly grand with the epic trumpet section.