Fresh off the release of the underground mixtape and rather successful ‘King Size Blues’ with UK Runnings, Midlands’s rapper Big Ribzy starts off his promo campaign for his new ten track album ‘Blunts & Insecurities’. Produced by Lost Alliance, who you maybe remember from their own album ‘Life Cycle’, the album is a must for fans of real Hip-Hop music.
Longevity and consistency in the rap game is something that all artists strive for and this new album represents the classic boom-bap sound that has been evident in the genre since 1991. One of the album’s choicest cuts is “Petrified,” clearly reminiscent of the raw ’90s sound first pioneered by the likes of J Dilla, Q-Tip, Large Professor and Pete Rock.
The album also touches an emotional chord and the affect it has on families and children, as well as more uplifting tracks giving the album depth and excitement. The album, which is out now on his Bandcamp page, is a true testament to UK Hip-Hop and is one of my releases of the month. What a true underground gem I’ve stumbled across.
Review by Scott Patterson