Havier Green, one-half of the Memphis rap duo The Sidewayz, doesn’t mention the typical rap references. Within a few minutes of talking to him, he’s dropping names like Shamir. “That shit makes me wanna do coke with drag queens,” he says.
The Sidewayz just dropped a six-song project called New World Boredom, and the lead single takes a note from an unlikely but logical place: Julian Casablancas’ vocals. “Yeah well I listen to The Strokes a lot,” he says. “I like how his vocals are always grungy as fuck.”
It’s not your usual source of inspiration for Memphis rap, but it makes sense, and more importantly, it works. Check out “Chun Li” below, and listen to more from The Sidewayz here.