Fresh from supporting AJ Tracey at a sold-out show at London’s XOYO, and after making huge waves with her debut visual ‘999’, Glasgow’s self-styled “Little Red Riding from the Hood” Chlobocop today returns with the maroon-tinged visuals to her latest single, ‘Narcotics’. Veering into more immersive territory, ‘Narcotics’ flips the sound of modern rap on its head; finding an intriguing meeting point between seductive and ominous atmospheres.
Set to a crawling Spanish guitar, ‘Narcotics’ makes perfect use of Chlobocop’s slowed flow, offering up a unique take on contemporary hip hop. With her delivery at its most euphoric to date, Chlobocop increases her own experimentalism on the track; utilising her own vocal as an instrument and taking ‘Narcotics’ into ASMR-inducing territory, weaving in and out of the slow burning instrumental to devastating effect. Directed by regular collaborator Woozie World, the track’s visual submerges the viewer into Chlobocop’s world further, which each frame dripping in crimson and Chlobocop performing the track in a dimly lit hall adorned with oriental imagery.
Hailing from the east end of Glasgow, Chlobocop is the product of a place where people say it how it is – where music allows a form of expression that breaks away from the regimented mindset of many in her hometown. From being made to clean her room to Jay Z’s ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’ aged 7 to reciting Lil’ Kim’s ‘Queen [email protected]#$H’ for her second year music exam, her formative musical education paved the way into a love for Duck Down rap around age 16 – with acts like Buckshot, and Smif n Wessun continuing to hold strong in her list of influences. Building up a rabid following in her native Scotland and beyond thanks to her unmistakable tone which sits somewhere between IAMDDB and Young Thug, Chlobocop has consolidated a formidable live presence at the now-infamous Peach parties run out of Glasgow’s Art School. Chlobocop sums up her sound as “the tales of a red hooded fairy navigating the trials and tribulations of life, psychedelically”. She’s making the kind of DIY music that’s truly informed by her surroundings, family, upbringing and pals – her story is the bones of her creativity.