Villa Kang’s “Radio Dada” punches the listener with a blast of rich imagery, a quick staccatoed vocal delivery and creative lyricism. The track clocks in at 1:16 and feels like a psychedelic experiment of The Ramones highjacking Hip-Hop.
In many ways “Radio Dada” works as an antithesis to “Hallucinating Arkansas”. Its fast, its vocal is up front and its lyric seems to exist more as an artistic statement, than as an exploration of mood.
The song’s title refers to Dadaism, an early 20th Century art movement who’s sole purpose was to be anti-bourgeois, and anarchistic while ridiculing the meaninglessness of the modern world.
Employing this ethos in his treatment of psychedelic hip-hop, Villa Kang works actively against the genre’s standard 4:00+ song, and use of tired imagery. Moreover, Villa Kang’s lyrical sources are noticeably diverse and pulled from popular culture to create a swirl of lyrical impressionism.
Just as Dadaists created art that was visibly “anti-art”, Villa Kang uses a JDilla inspired psych hip-hop beat, to create a brand of fun, psychedelic, “anti-hip-hop”.