From the first track and title track you just know that this album is something for real hip-hop heads. Based in Wolverhampton City in the Midlands, Pact Prolific is one half of Lost Alliance who you may remember from their album ‘Life Cycle’ and mixtape ‘Dare 2 Win’. Their style is straight-up head-nodding boom bap with an ode to the golden era of rap, and this solo from Pact continues with that vision.
What I like about this emcee is how clear his delivery is. He also raps in his native local tongue unlike most UK rappers from outside the smoke who seem to adopt a London accent for some mad reason. I guess that comes down to realism, something else I adore about this album. It’s amazingly honest and very humble, but also it’s entertaining and isn’t just the same track over and over again like some albums. This is Hip-Hop from the heart and really is impressive.
The production throughout is top notch too, beats coming varied from the sample based ‘Be Forever’ which reminds me of Apollo Brown, and more live instrumentation with ‘Sorry’ which sounds like something Ghostface Killah would rap over. All the songs hit the mark and without a doubt it’s really got me hooked. Good albums that you can ‘play from start to finish without skipping a track’ are rare, but ‘A Closer Look’ is one of those long players. Well recommended, so make sure when it drops you grab your copy.
Review by Alex Dunlow
‘One of my favourite albums of the year so far’ HipHopSavedUs.com
‘High calibre raps and dense, neck-snapping production’ TheHipHopMafia.com
‘A crew out of the UK that are destined for big things’ TalkingAllThatRap.com
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Following on from the success and much talked about reception of the highly anticipated debut LP ‘MYSTROGEN’ from one of UK’s most prolific entertainers amongst the Hip-Hop elite, Mystro aka MysDiggi returns with the ‘MYSTROGEN DELUXE’ LP a bumper-pack filled with more of his unquestionable creativity. The charisma and unmatched wit continues to churn out of 1 of UK’s finest as we start off this remastered version of the LP with the ‘WHAT TYPE OF DRUG IS MYSTROGEN?’ EP, from tracks 1-9 broken up by the humourous revisit to FDT radio as Mystro is quizzed about the release and his carreer among other things whilst we hear tunes such as the neo-funk driven ‘Find Ya Groove’ produced by Black Einstein & featuring Maya Blu which help us understand that this journey of life is just fine once we find the path that we’re comfortable on. Tracks such as the Mark de Clive-Lowe produced ‘Lamb’s Bread’ & ‘Charlie’ with a backdrop tailored by DJ Thor prove yet again why MysDiggi is on another planet when it comes to manipulating the English language and his versatile usage of wordplay. All this gets you ready fro the musical journey that is ‘MYSTROGEN’
“It’s like oxygen except you’ll need it a whole lot more…”
Most drugs are mind altering to some extent… Mystrogen is no different, this is exercised strongly with high-energy tracks like ‘That Rush’ where a rollercoaster of face scrunching Si Spex production collides with brow raising wordplay and social commentary, the rough yet smooth approach of ‘Hooked’ a metaphorical story of a mans wishes to bring all his vices together or the Homeboy Sandman featured ‘What I Want’ where two men break down their ideal lady.
The idea is that you take this drug Mystrogen through the ear canal and enjoy this new journey and with humorous stories like ‘Neighbours’ and the very cleverly written geographical urban folk tale ‘Mystentatious’ confirming why most address him as “a rappers rapper”. Also exclusive to this release are the Charlie Mac produced ‘The Doo Doo’ featuring fresh up and comer More One & a remix to ‘Neighbours’ featuring Dirty Dike (High Focus) & long time collaborator Ramson Badbonez (Task Force/High Focus) & Mys’ alter-ego Dave The Spade. More than you bargained for Mutha Luvaz…
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Mystro AKA Mysdiggi – Benga, Benga (Prod. by Black Einstein) #Video
Mystro AKA Mysdiggi – Mystrogen LP Sampler #Video
Mystro AKA Mysdiggi – Lambs Bread (Prod. by Mark De Clive-Lowe) #Video
Elmi Tha Mos’Hi, Konda & Blasfima Sinna (A.K.A Dj U-Turn) aka Stone Bench are back with their second album and what a corker it is too! If your a fan on that real Boom Bap sound then this is for you, somewhere in-between Slaine and Jedi Mind Tricks comes a crew out of the UK that are destined for big things. This album bangs from start to finish with features from Termanology, Inspectah Deck, Sadat X & Edgar Allen Floe and production from Boroda Beats, Sean EL, BugesBeatz & Elmi. Straught fire and something you need to get up on.
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I personally believe it’s due to the artists style that really gets you hooked on an act. High Focus Records have shown in the last the last few years that being original and consistent pays off. So over to Huddersfield for this one, maybe not the first place you think of when you think of UK Hip-Hop but trust me when I say talent is everywhere now and that manor has already gave us some great acts, Lunar C is the first that springs to mind. Here is a that’s destined to make some noise, make sure you take note.
The album begins with a bang with ‘Bruce Campbell’ which sets the mood well for this long player. The video track ‘3310’ which features DJ esSDee & Defenders Of Style is included and other stand out tracks include ‘Opposition’ and the J Dilla-esque ‘Electric Loose’ which features Jermaine A. Peterson. Its real ‘down to earth’ music as Eskar keeps it real but always injects some kind of dark humour within his bars which makes him so unique. His album is something refreshing and will appeal to fans of real bars… the flow is immense!
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Words: Alex Dunlow
Straight out of a town called Thetford in East Anglia comes a rapper called TSK who deserves your attention for a moment. He’s just released his debut album “Average Rapper Syndrome” and what a great piece of work it is. It’s something rather special and is very uplifting lyrically, as he talks about life and all its obstacles as well as life in the UK and how corrupt the world seems in 2015.
The production is from Micall Parknsun is dope too with and with features from UK vets such as Klashnekoff and Si Phili from Phi-Life Cyher this really is a solid must-buy release. Check the link below to purchase and also peep the video!
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Words: Alex Dunlow