Essex spitter VersesBang drops his ‘In The Dog House EP’ through Gutta Recs. Verses’ 2012 EP ‘Featuring Me’ was also released through the label, as well as his 2014 ‘It Is What It Isn’t’ album. This new project features appearances from Gutta, Skrabl and Genesis Elijah, and showcases a diverse sound and convincing ability from VersesBang.
Over a thunderous, anthemic instrumental with hard-hitting drums and head-nodding brass, VersesBang drops with wit, skill and precision on the opening title-track; his honesty is refreshing and his punchlines impressive, kicking the EP off with great energy.
The raw, dubstep influenced ‘Escape Goat’ is a definite highlight. The uptempo, gritty instrumental backs a melodic performance from Verses, and he brings charisma, comedy and class on the microphone.
‘Hey Buddy’ features fellow Gutta Recs MC Gutta, as well as longstanding UK rapper Skrabl. The mini-posse cut is a standout track, with a gritty and menacing beat to back the three rappers as they each demonstrate their verbal athletics.
‘In The Dog House’ is a nice little showcase of VersesBang’s style; he rocks over a variety of instrumentals, from boom-bap bangers to a more trap influenced sound in ’85’ (cheers for the shout out by the way, although I’m 99.9% certain this is unintentional). His writing is down-to-earth and identifiable, and his delivery and cadence is consistently on point throughout the project. This is definitely worth a look.
By Sam Bennett