With today’s technology, such as Internet radio, we see many world genres being spread across the world more easily than before. One of the genres , however, that I don’t hear people discuss often enough is European Hip-Hop. From what I’ve listened to, I would say they tend to stick to a more traditional brand of hip-hop. In other words, if you’re a fan of the old-school, you may want to check some of them out on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc. It’s almost as if they simply have no time to bother with this new wave of mainstream hip/hop sweeping our nation, so there is very little influence of it. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on your taste.
A great introduction to familiarize yourself with a bit of European hip-hop is a record called Death by This Adventure, by the UK’s very own Beit Nu. It is a short little record, and can make for an interesting 30 minutes. This Innit Records release brings true underground hip-hop blasting through your ears.
The first track, titled “Back”, is probably my favorite of the 8 track record. Complete with football references and catchy rhymes, both rappers kill it in their verses. I will admit that Drunken Master’s verse is heavy on the accent, and can be very tough to understand. However, I won’t lie and say that it doesn’t sound cool regardless. Worst case scenario, it’ll take a few listens to fully understand his verse and fully embrace the awesomeness of these rhymes.
The next track is a fun, short little instrumental track called “Mr. Buglemaster’s Tea Party.” It’s a spacey, robotic instrumental, a couple minutes in length. The track does well in remaining entertaining throughout its entirety, which is not always easy for an instrumental. Catchy little tune this one, just as much as its proceeding track, “Out of My Mind.” This song’s got a catchy instrumental which includes a nice vocal melody, most likely sampled from a song I could not find. The lyrics make for something of a soulful working-class anthem, subtly portraying the irony of the monotony of a somewhat chaotic city-lifestyle.
The next track, “Beware,” is not necessarily a standout track, but is a worthwhile listen. The song’s hook features a fun sample from “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by The Temptations, while the verses focused on the topic of the type of character we know all too well, the lying double-crosser. “Trouble at my Door” is a heartfelt jam that, again, offers an entertaining listen, while not necessarily a standout track. A great job on the hook by Jane Ellis, who appears to be the contributor and really is responsible for the tone set on the track.
“Sparks Everywhere” is another noteworthy track on the record. Seventh on the album, it’s the perfect jam to vibe out to, paralleling the sort of “chaotic” theme set before. Splendid job on the record by Beit Nun. Follow the link below so that you can check out the album for yourself, and determine whether or not you agree. Support them by ordering a cassette, and don’t forget to support local and underground music!
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