Flutes are the current production trend in rap right now, with Future ("Mask Off"), Drake ("Portland"), and Kodak Black ("Tunnel Vision") all scoring hits with beats that prominently feature a loop from some kind of woodwind (or a synth tuned to sound like one). The latest rapper to hitch his ride to one of the world's oldest instruments is Gucci Mane, who has released a new song with a flute beat called "Coachella."
The song was produced by Murda Beatz and TM-88, the former of which handled Drake's "Portland," to which "Coachella" bares a strong resemblance. Gucci perhaps references this obliquely by namedropping Travis Scott, who has a guest verse on "Portland." A fun-loving, goofy sensibility has always coursed through Gucci's music, and so he proves adept at rapping over this kind of rinky-dink beat, even though the song itself is quite serious.
Gucci performed at the festival last weekend -- bringing out Diddy, Lil Yachty, and Rae Sremmurd -- and will do so again this weekend. Listen to "Coachella" below.
This article was originally published on Spin.