Hackney born MC, Kosher is a rapper crafting smooth, chilled out hip hop. This EP, entitled ‘Quick Snap’ sees him spitting with a relaxed flow, displaying his lyrical skill and ability across the EP’s 6 tracks. There is definitely room for a rapper like Kosher in the UK scene, he is clearly a talented writer, with a down to earth character as well as cleverly structured bars and a precise, diverse flow.
The EP kicks off with a dope track; Kosher drops rhymes over 3 instrumentals from Pete Rock & 9th Wonder, J Dilla & DJ Premier, and his lyrics translate very well to the golden era sound. This track is packed with witty punchlines like ‘On the block like Jennifer Lopez’, and he shows a confident delivery. The 3rd section of the opening track displays Kosher’s strong diction and tongue twisting flow, and the versatility of this MC is clear to see.
‘Fuck’s Sake’ is a cool, jazzy track and it’s good to hear how convincing Kosher is over more synth-based production. A catchy hook and strong subject matter make this a sick cut. ‘Quick Snap’ is another track with a funky feel, and Kosher’s slick flow and relatable bars definitely make for a chilled tune. It’d definitely be interesting to hear Kosher perform this live, perhaps with a band backing him; it would certainly take the track to another level.
‘My Man’ is my favourite track from the EP. The brass samples and Kosher’s intricate flow combine brilliantly, and the impact the chorus has when the drums kick in after having the first verse without them is a really good touch, and makes for an exceptionally strong track. Kosher combines complex verses with well written hooks that break the tracks up nicely, and it’s good to hear an MC thinking about these things when writing the bars.
‘Quick Snap’ is a nice little EP from a promising MC. The jazz/funk style is interesting on a couple of the tunes, but for me it’s definitely the classic hip hop tracks that stand out on this EP. Kosher’s consistently nice with the pen, switching flows with well structured bars with strong diction that really lets his lyrics cut through.
By Sam Bennett
The EP out 1st September 2014