- Artist: Trek Life
- Track: As the World Turns
- Producer: Oddisee
- Album: Everything Changed Nothing
I know what you're thinking, but no: West Coast up-and-comer Trek Life isn't an obsessive science-fiction fan attempting to bring Klingon rap into the mainstream, and his latest single, As the World Turns, is not a tribute to the obscenely long-running soap opera of the same name. While it would be brilliantly insane if both those hypotheses were correct, I think listeners will agree that the reality of this jam is considerably doper. Over a spacey yet gritty synth instrumental by Booth-acclaimed rapper-producer Oddisee, Trek Life offers some critical thoughts on the state of today's hip-hop game, and outlines his vision for the genre's future: “My intention: to raise the status quo of this rap sh*t / Bring it back to the street condition that brought it to fruition.” With reverence for the past and a futuristic, forward-looking style, Trek is sure to turn heads in the Booth – plus, how can you not be intrigued by a man who name-drops Snoop and Langston Hughes in the same breath? Fans can hear plenty more where this came from on Trek's Everything Changed Nothing LP, out now digitally and set for physical release Aug. 10.