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Young Spray – Realer Than Most Vol. 4

Mr RTM, follows up the classic series, with the fourth instalment.

A compilation of some of the recently released material, kicking things off with DPMO, what can best be described as Rider music, with it’s synth heavy production, it most definitely sets the tone. Compiled with tracks like Nowadays, Be Cautious and Rat-At-At-At, show Spray in his element, and provide the project with a foundation in regards to sound and style. While his album Invisible Tears was a mix of aggressive but more polished tone, this is it’s rawest form.

I wasn’t a fan of the Rita Ora initially, but after a couple listens, I like the steel drum sounds, and it’s contrast, not just with his vocals but the tape overall. Back to the greaze with Savages, a lowkey underground banger, setting up for More Champagne, which rightfully sits in the middle, and is a great idea of where Young Spray is with his music, while it’s predominantly gangsta music, there’s a lot of emotion being expressed. With it’s common theme, tracks like Asbestos stand out so much more, lead with a strong hook courtesy of the feature Frass, it’s definitely one of the highlights and reminiscent of his album material as well as his ability to craft a more club-centric record, but just as you’re in that zone, it switches to Eye For An Eye, with him resuming back to regular transmission.

There is a common theme with RTM Vol.4, a blend of straight punch in the face music, to sit down and open up vibes, with the likes of Most High, followed by Badder Than Bad, before another standout, Do Your Ting. Another example of the versatility within such genre, it’s more expressive, a mix of retrospect and heartfelt from the most authentic of places.

While the majority of the project is more mixtape, rugged, street-themed gangsta rap, it’s these couple tracks that stand out, and end up holding the project together, as we come to the end, one of the more emphatic tracks serves as the outro, the heartfelt, Mummy Won’t Cry. He’s been vocal about the loss of his mother, and you could be the hardest, the coldest, but losing a parent, especially a mother, is a pain like no other. As someone who fears losing his mother, this track has Spray open up and portray his true strength as he poetically reminisces.

It’s not his best material overall, but has some of his better tracks of recent, and more importantly is an indication into the work ethic as he continues to craft audios and visuals, and no doubt there is more on the way. Personally I hope we get more retrospective Spray, as there’s a lot of lessons to be learnt, a lot of wisdom to be shared, that the younger generations can definitely benefit from. Stay tuned, and follow him on the socials, for more to come.

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Pak-Man – Behind Barz (Take 4)

If you’re talking consistency, or one of the hardest out, you best mention Pak-Man.

There’s few going harder, as the South London rapper continues to elevate with the street rap. The lyrical wordsmith is one of the best with the entrepreneurial raps. With a variety of quotables, this doesn’t dip one bit, if anything, it just gets better as it continues. “Risking my life for this, rich..How i’m tryna live, it was embarrassing..when I never had a thing, now I ring dan..I need 8 grand to grab a ring, 20 on my wrist in the gym while I have a swim, still drippin’, roof still missin’ like Madeline..”. There ain’t many that can talk the talk, let alone as catchy with such a delivery, and maybe it’s a lack of features with notable names, but it’s only a matter of time when the rest will get it. Few are championing him and you won’t always hear the main ones speaking of promoting, but rest assured, with over 130,000 views within a month, Pak ain’t one to be held back and as much as many acts would love a core fanbase like his, he’s only developing it further, and you can see the growth over time, as he shows no signs of slowing down or conforming in his craft. Though the subjects may seem similar, the angles in which he approaches continue to offer versatility with bars like, “I’m sorry for the stress that I caused mum, I was out here tryna stack me some more funds, sorry that I couldn’t be the son that you wanted, you found drugs in my closet..then you flushed all the profit..”. 

“On the block with the junkies, got lost in the game like Jumanji, now my kicks cost me a monkey..”

If you haven’t, make sure you check out his latest release, Still Legendary, as for sure there is more fire to come from one of the hardest working acts out there.

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