Slowed down and chopped up, the mix has been fittingly re-titled “Drank." It appeared online last year as an unofficial homage to the virtuoso bassist, songwriter, and producer’s third album and received hearty approval from Thundercat, who proclaimed: “If you got Drunk it’s only right that you get Drank. I feel like they go together”—inciting Brainfeeder to make a vinyl format appropriately doused in purple.
Thundercat released Drunk, his third album, in February 2017 to a strong reception. Across its 23 tracks, the Grammy-winning singer/bassist invited his friends Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus to join him on his musical journey.
The Chopstars were established by OG Ron C, a veteran of southern rap who co-founded the illustrious Texas-based independent record label Swishahouse Records alongside Michael “5000” Watts in 1997, releasing records by Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Chamillionaire. These albums would often be accompanied by mixes that were slowed down, scratched and juggled by DJs or “chopped and screwed”—a musical style originated and popularised by Houston’s DJ Screw (1971-2000). Paying homage to the legacy of DJ Screw, OG Ron C founded The Chopstars, recruited DJs Hollygrove, Slim K, Mike G (Odd Future), and Candlestick, and released remixed versions of hip-hop and R&B records by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Yachty, and 2 Chainz, coining the terms “chopnotslop” and “chopped not slopped”—a reference to other DJs’ sloppily executed mixtapes.
“I’ve always been a fan of chopping up creative music," explains DJ Candlestick. “A lot of people don’t know we chop up rock and alternative music. We believe in chopping up everything just like DJ Screw’s dream: "chopping up the world."
Describing the Chopnotslop version of Thundercat’s Drunk, Candlestick continues: “We are fans of this type of music and especially Thundercat and Flying Lotus. With these type of projects, OG Ron C and I usually vibe out and do what we do best. 'Drank’ gives you a perfect musical high. It’s also a project that all types of people can vibe to—smooth, chill and entertaining."
Drank will land via Brainfeeder on March 16.