This release helps to prove that Shorty is his own artist and not simply a cog in a larger machine. With this album, he can assist in solidifying his status as a solo artist.
The production is good with grime taking centre stage. Shorty picks backings that have all the elements of grime music but that don’t quite have the start power that a smash hit would have. This leaves himself as the artist to show his skills and be the centre of attention, as songs should be. Maybe something softer, or incredibly aggressive, would give Shorty more or an all around appeal, but he picks great beats to work with.
The lyricism is solid, with no slip ups, but nothing overly complex. The rhymes all work well with the production, but they don’t have the powerful voice behind to make them stick the landing. Shorty has a good performance on here, and hopefully he continues to build in confidence and in personal growth to get himself better known outside his label.
The features help build this project up. Each puts in a good verse and every one of them has great chemistry with Shorty which helps to keep the songs fresh and interesting. Some singers could add another dimension but may not have fit with the style of the album.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release with some fun songs on it. Shorty has made some entertaining tracks and should continue to put out music in this vein.
This album shows that Skepta is a clever lyricist while showing different sides of fame. The project has a few angles that will help push Grime music to new heights.
The production is good overall with some tracks having much hard hitting beats than others, and the others being more experimental to make them stand out in a different way. There is a lot of classic grime backings that are selected with plenty of room for Skepta to manoeuvre. Maybe some beats further from what we know him to work with could make some more interesting moments.
The lyricism is not the most complex it could be but it is full of passion for the music and Skepta certainly doesn’t slouch at all. His delivery is what really pushes this into greatness with his lyrics being clever and witty to help back that up. There are no big problems from a vocal perspective.
The features add to the project by bringing new perspectives and opinions to the songs. While some of the guests may have similar delivery to the main artist, each is individual and showcases their own skills. Maybe some more guests from different genres could show more of a willingness to stray from his formula, but there are no problems with what was chosen for this project.
Overall, this album has a lot of great moments that can be marred by the skits tacked on the end of songs. Skepta should be happy with how this came out, but may look to make future projects more cohesive.