Thaiboy Digital (born Thanapat Thaothawong in Thailand but raised in Sweden),
a rapper of Sweden's Drain Gang with fellow rappers
Bladee (also a former high-school classmate)
and producer Ludwig "Whitearmor" Rosenberg,
released the nine-song mixtape Tiger (2014)
when he was already notified that he was expelled from Sweden and
was relocating to Thailand.
Nonetheless, this mixtape boasts some of Whitearmor's most creative production.
In general, Thaiboy specializes in
gentle, trance-y, autotuned mumble-rap over trap-inspired beats,
whose key elements are found in the first two tracks, the
stately beats of Haters Broke
and the new-age synths of Diamonds.
There seems to be even a spiritual edge to his post-trap hip-hop constructs:
Gtblessgo begins like a Buddhist-temple funeral chant but morphs into a soaring hymn in a ghost-industrial setting, and Yr So Beautiful evolves into a solemn hymn-like singalong, and the album ends with the mantra-like
recitation of Van in a thriller atmosphere.
Whitearmor's unbridled imagination concocts the
complex exotic-flavored beat of Shadow Silence.
The oddly bombastic production of All My Life is balanced by the
psychedelic dilation of Moon.
This is probably Whitearmor's peak, and
Thaiboy Digital's limited vocal range transcends rapping to become a more
abstract form of communication.
The brief eight-song
mixtape Lord of the Jewels (Return of the Goon) (2015)
opted for a more conventional sound, with simple, streamlined production and
straightforward vocal delivery, with the notable exceptions of the neurotic
Ball Alert and the suspenseful closer 100.
Thaiboy's first album Legendary Member (Year0001, 2018) opted
for even more conventional rapping
(best the subliminal, whispered Drainstar Rock) and for
singing that flirts with neosoul like in the
love song Kiss Me Through the Scope (produced by Gud)
and in the trumpet-enhanced Bentley (a duet with Bladee).
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