The Ones: YT’s “Arc’teryx Outlet”

With artists releasing songs at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average hip-hop head to keep track of it all—no matter how tapped in they are. That’s why we created The Ones, a daily post to highlight the song you need to hear.

YT - “Arc’teryx”

“Arc’teryx on me/No we don’t run no Patagonia” is the closest thing to a hook in YT’s “Arc’teryx.” But the London-based rapper’s track isn’t merely an ode to a coat; he muses over whatever pops into his head over the woozy, minimalist G-funk production. He’ll move from a comic observation to an aside about the weather in the space of a few lines. YT seems concerned mainly with making himself laugh; when you hear him say, “I don’t need to rap/I could just go make a start up,” you think more about his mastery of the form—like the way he raps the word “up” with a satisfying cadence—than the substance of his words. It’s that blend of infectious joy and real skill that will keep you coming back.