Let’s firstly get one thing straight, I haven’t listened to rap music or any similar genre since I was about 12 years old, when everyone in my year at school thought that Eminem and Dr. Dre were the best things since sliced bread. However I have been tasked with the job of reviewing two tracks from The Sixth Letter.
Now I’ll be honest I say I don’t quite understand how the hip-hop genre works, with people featuring on this persons track- and that persons track, so it is difficult for me to work out exactly who The Sixth Letter consists of, but according to the singles press release the tracks feature Jaws and Young Criss of Great Scott, Shelly Skrufayce and beatmaker/producer Wez.
The one thing I don’t want to do is sound like an out of touch 26 year old, by using terms such as “sick beats” and “dope lyrics”. But at the end of the day beats and lyrics are the back-bone of the hip-hop genre. It is the lyrics in question that make title track ‘Ill by Mouth’ the stand-out of the two. The addition of Skrufayce is refreshing, and amusingly, for a child like mind like my own, she even references Panda Jizz… What’s not to love? It’s raw. It’s rowdy and boasts punchlines with a touch of silliness.The track without a doubt took me back to my first listening of ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ which is never a bad thing.
If these tracks do anything, it’s highlight to me the fact that the British rap and hip-hop scene isn’t solely based in London, and that there is local hip-hop talent out there waiting to be discovered. And I would highly recommend that you check out what the Midlands has to offer when ‘Ill by Mouth’ drops on April 5th. Also the guys have just announced they are working on their second album, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!