One of my guilty pleasures of hip hop is stoner rap, primarily because of the pure vibe created on each project and track. Backpack rappers, NDO & Myke Kelli, form ellis d. The Chicago duo comes from Arlington Heights, IL, and have been friends since 1st grade. Through this friendship, they have been creating hip-hop in basements and garages for the last 8 years. It’s pretty evident with their music that these two like good times and smooth vibes because, as they say, “there are no bad trips with ellis d.”
I recently stumbled across these guys through their track “Sushi Line” which is a head bobber from the lyrics to the beat. Plus love the little melodic chorus on the track. However, what I appreciate most about this record is the journey they create. From the title track to the outro song, you immediately met with soft, lyrical vocals and beats that feel like they should be on one of those lofi YouTube channels. If you aren’t a huge fan of this form of hip-hop, that’s totally understandable but you really can’t be blind to these guys vibes. “Buckets” is a perfect example of this as well as one of their more lyrical pieces on the project. I also love the feature of Shawty Roc on “Trippy”…never heard of him before but I really hope to hear more from in the future.
“Trippy”, “Rhymebook”, and “Sushi Line”
Stream In the Spirit of Advancement and the Pursuit of Dopeness here: