In anticipation of Ghetts forthcoming album which I expect to be released towards the end of 2020, Ghetts released eye-catching new visuals to the bumping single ‘Mozambique’ in July, alongside fellow grime lyricist Jaykae, and singer Moonchild Sanelly.
Ghetts speaks his truth alongside UK heavyweight, Skepta for his new single ‘IC3’. Going smoothly back and forth between each other, over a stripped back hip hop beat Ghetts and Skepta explore what it means to be a Black man in Britain today. From their early experiences and perceptions whilst they were emerging in the music scene, to their feelings now that they are more successful and famous.
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One of the Grime scenes most consistent straight talking lyricist Manga Saint Hilare, delves into a pool of reflections, regrets, but yet still optimistic throughout his latest album ‘Make It Out Alive’.‘Outsiders Live Forever’ was Manga’s last solo album back in 2018, a year in which the album was easily one of my standout albums of 2018 from the UK music scene. So, I went into his recent release with those current album with many of those tracks fresh in my memory.
‘Escape plan’ opens the album gently in a slightly somber mood leaving Manga’s voice at the center of the track throughout. Manga’s voice becomes all the more poignant and rhythmic as the track evolves, his ability to raise his tempo, fitting more and more words in a bar with consistent clarity is brilliant. I think Manga’s consistency in delivery isn’t spoken about enough within the UK grime scene and, over the stripped back production of ‘Escape Plan’ , it’s an early reminder of his lyrical ability
Stand out track ‘Safety in Numbers’ has a wonderful bouncy bassline with some nice sounding springy percussion synth elements in pockets off beat to the kicks and sub bass. Speaking from his own personal experiences and journey through life, Manga seems to look forward with optimism as well as offers younger s to learn from his difficulties and to stay true to themselves.
Manga invites a few more features than his previous solo album, with mixture newer artists like Izzie Gibbs, Snowy, SBK, IRAH,to more established artists like Novelist, P Money, Murkage Dave, and Jammer. Manga’s link up with Murkage Dave for the track titled ‘Black Man Timing’ brought back good memories from their joint project last year, ‘We Need To Look Us’. Murkage Dave’s vocals are a welcomed blessing half way through the project, as he links up again with Manga for the track ‘‘Black Man’s Timing’. Manga has to switch his flow for the slower production and rides with the swinging synth melody line.
P Money effortless detailed story telling ability was a solid reminder of his lyrical prowess for the track ‘Not Around’. It’s not my favourite production style for both of them as prefer them on harder grime beat but still a track with replay value. A strong album from Manga Saint Hilare definitely worth a listen!
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East London based grime MC;Manga St Hilaire burst on to the scene with Wileyand Scratchy’s Roll Deep movement, which formed in 2002. Having been part of Roll Deep for over 10 years, Manga has grown a steady well- respected reputation as a grime MC setting himself apart from his peers with not just his context but also his distinctive voice, clever word play, and poetic flow.
Manga teased listeners leading up to his album release with the lethal rhythm ‘Forever’. The production is immediately recognisable as Wiley’s, as those inflating quick string melodies throughout are reminiscent of Wiley’s eskimo instrumentals, which seem to influence the beats in ‘Forever’ allowing for Manga’s lyrics to take center stage.
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Having spent so long in the scene and with a big discography to back him, its difficult to understand why he hasn’t received the levels of attention as some of his peers around. Nevertheless, he continues to portray his truth as he has displayed with this current project; ‘Outsider Live Forever’. Providing the soundscape throughout the album is South West London based producer ‘Sir Hiss’, and in spite being 20 years old, his range of sampled beats and blend of more complex melodies to heavy bass kicks, like with the track ‘Lyrical Thuggery’ is impressive.
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Those heavy quick tempo beats provide the perfect setting for stand out track ‘True To Me’ featuring Boy Better Know (BBK) members; JMEand Frisco. Who all seem to reflect on their journey and rise in the grime scene in their natural flow and style, whilst being able to stay true to themselves. The message throughout the track also acts as a positive message to any emerging artists to be patient and persistent with there craft.
Manga’s poetic style throughout the album seems to reflect his personal introspective view of his journey, and he brilliant sets himself apart from grime MCs with his adaptability to speak on more personal topics.
Listen to Outsiders live Forever via bandcamp and support the artist