I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, Manchester is a breeding ground for some exceptionally talented MCs. It’s always had its fair share of sick rhymers, but over the past couple of years we’ve seen more and more talented rappers start to come out of this hotbed of northern hip hop. Ellis Meade is certainly one of these. He’s a member of Voodoo Black, a 3 man squad, along with Sparkz & Dubbul O, and High & Wired is a 6 track EP which really shows off Ellis’ ability and prowess on a microphone.
The EP kicks off with the title track. This is a perfect example of Ellis’ rapid and frantic flow gelling exceptionally well with chilled out, spacey instrumentals. The jazzy samples, and sparkling keys provide a perfect backing for Ellis to lay down his tight flow. The production on this EP is handled by Kydro, and this combination works very well. It’s always important on joint projects such as this EP, that the rapper/producer partnership is one that suits each others styles, and this is definitely the case on High & Wired.
Workin is another great track. An interesting sample flip, with Ellis Meade again displaying his impressive lyrical dexterity. It’s refreshing to hear an MC who spits consistently fast paced rhymes, while still keeping the chilled out, stoner vibe of a lot of UK hip hop. Workin sees Meade rapping about his work ethic, and his career as an MC thus far. It’s a relatable track with a sick vibe.
Ellis Meade is definitely one to watch, and High & Wired is a great EP to introduce his ability to fans of UK hip hop. There is a consistency to the EP, and it feels very cohesive. Across 6 tracks, Ellis Meade & Kydro carry a chilled vibe throughout, and this is another dope project to come out of the city of Manchester. Make sure you check this out!
By Sam Bennett