From his incendiary Hoods Hottest freestyle in 2019 to his prescient look on “12 months Of The Actual” with Pa Salieu, M1llionz and Teeway in 2020, the Can’t Cease Received’t Cease EP to final 12 months’s “In The Fireplace” with Dave and co., Manchester’s Meekz has given us some absolute gold over the previous few years and embedded himself in a few of trendy British rap’s most iconic moments. In brief, the strain was on for this debut mixtape.
You’ll have seen that a lot of the reporting round this launch describes it as a brand new chapter or a brand new period for Meekz, and never simply because he’s dropped the ‘Manny’ a part of his identify. Though he has dabbled in drill music, he’s by no means been a drill artist—regardless of what the bally might need you consider—however on certainly one of the tracks, he makes his ideas on the style crystal clear. That performs out in a diversified exploration of rap’s a lot wider potential; there’s squelchy G-funk, frosty highway rap, and even some dwell instrumentation. However has this transfer paid off and is it an indication of what’s to come back in UK rap as a complete?
Having had the weekend to stew on it, a number of the Complicated UK workforce—Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson, James Keith and Claudia Valentina Cagna—sat all the way down to share their first ideas.