Listen to RL Grime’s 2016 Halloween mix
A lot has happened in the five years since Henry Steinway’s RL Grime project first emerged from the shrouds of darkness. Steinway’s trap production offshoot from Clockwork began to take on a persona of its own behind the release of RL Grime’s first annual Halloween mixtape in 2012, and since then, RL has come to define and redefine the trap genre nearly singlehandedly. Now, half a decade later, trap’s undisputed overlord continues his yearly tradition, unveiling “Halloween V” just a few days ahead of All Hallows’ Eve.
For the fifth edition of the mix, RL pulls out all the stops with a special introduction from none other than Pharrell Williams. The former Neptunes affiliate offers high praise for the Wedidit DJ as RL opens up the “bestial” mix. From there, Steinway delivers with a flawless hour of bombastic hip-hop and beating bass packed with special edits from RL’s personal stash of treats.
GTA, Vince Staples, Gesaffelstein, and Baauer are all featured in “Halloween V” along with a new collaboration alongside Skrillex and What So Not, “Waiting,” which is due to drop in full on November 3. You simply don’t want this mix to end. Goosebumps author R.L. Stein even makes his annual cameo, giving his blessing early on in the mix.
Ultimately, Steinway’s annual custom has become just as much a part of Halloween as watching Hocus Pocus. Based on this year’s product, its clear that RL Grime will always keep a watchful eye over the genre that is still unquestionably his.