Ant. is a hip hop artist/rapper hailing from Denver, Colorado. He’s a new artist in the hip hop world and this single, California Dream Girl, is his first release and was recorded in Los Angeles, California. With no formal background in music, he has nevertheless taught himself the skills necessary to create the music he wants to make. This particular track was written in a state of deep depression following the tragic death of his father in an ocean accident.
Despite the difficult circumstances in which the music was composed, it is in fact a laid back hip-hop track with a summery sound and vibe. It starts out with a slinky, toe-tapping beat and the instantly memorable female-sung title refrain, which works in perfect contrast to the rapped verses delivered by Ant. His rapping style is distinctive with an assured delivery style on the mic.
The first verse displays his natural gift for rapping with a smooth and effortless lyrical flow, though his low state of mind at the time is evident from the opening lines: “Yeah, my heart’s broken, at times overly focused, stressin’ bout the next mission, focus, relapsin’, copin’, got a dope mind spinning Einstein level emotions…”.
The second verse is somewhat lighter in tone with a woman, along with California, providing some emotional solace: “She sittin’ kissin’ and blushin’, same time the celly is buzzin’…they miss me up in the city but Cali, it’s way too pretty…”. Some fine female vocal extemporizations augment Ant.’s to great effect.The way the rapped and sung sections complement each other dynamically shows Ant. has studied the previous greats of hip-hop and knows exactly how to make a track work.
Overall, this is an excellent first single from an up and coming hip-hop artist who has his already developed his own unique style and makes music that will appeal to hip-hop fans across the board. California Dream Girl has all the makings of a big hit with a memorable chorus hook combined with first rate rapping and lyricism provided by Ant. Provided his further material is of this high standard he will surely become a major player in the hip-hop world over time.
VERDICT = 9 out of 10