Buoyed by a sterling reputation and known by many aliases–the White Gurb, Mr. F*ck The LAPD, Mr. F*ck The Police–White John is one of the most colorful characters in L.A.’s flourishing rap scene. Painting a picture of his chaotic and cinematic life in Inglewood, White John shares Cases Still Pending, his new EP. Wielding a laid-back, yet insistent flow, John sits firmly in the pocket of the propulsive West Coast production, crafted by the likes of scene sound architects like Beat Boy and Ace The Face, alternating outlandish flexes and hedonistic odes to the turn-up lifestyle with sober reflections on the realities of street life. The EP features two appearances from John’s Mackk&Co affiliate Rucci, underlining the EP’s emphasis on the importance of loyalty. The sequel to last year’s Cases Pending EP, home to the rapper’s street hit “Crazy,” Cases Still Pending is available on all platforms.
Along with the EP, White John shares the video for “Dead Homies,” a hard-hitting block boy anthem. “Dead Homies” is a steely-eyed statement of purpose, marked by bouncing bass, ambient synths, and White John’s calm-and-collected words of warning: “No pencil, but the lead on me/Ride around smokin’ all the opps, dead homies.” The song gets a dose of manic energy from OMB Peezy, whose rapidfire Southern drawl provides an excellent contrast to White John’s deadpan charisma. In the video, directed by Mr. Realmovie, John and Peezy kick back in Inglewood with a squad, playing cards, counting cash, and showing off a sparkling white Maserati.
Respected in his hometown for his unapologetic realness and fluency with slang, White John rose to local hero status in L.A. in 2020. He caught the attention of his city with songs like “Crazy” and “Road Runnin’,” racking up hundreds of thousands of streams on YouTube and Spotify. He’s been praised by the likes of Pitchfork and SPIN, and collaborated with Fenix Flexin, Lil House Phone, and many others in the L.A. scene. Look for White John to make much more noise as 2021 moves along.
Buy/Stream Cases Still Pending EP: https://lnk.to/CasesStillPending
Watch “Dead Homies” ft. OMB Peezy: https://youtu.be/cRv-g3Fbpb4
Cases Still Pending EP tracklist:
- By Yourself
- Dead Homies ft. OMB Peezy
- I Need Drugs ft. Rucci
- No Phones
- Switch On Me
- Thug Life ft. Rucci & Big Sad 1900
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