Big Narstie’s popularity may have skyrocketed in recent years with his BASE movement and online profile, but the Brixton MC has been an active member of the grime scene for over ten years now. His growing discography has seen him go from strength to strength, and Narstie kicks 2016 off with the eleven track ‘Base Society’ mixtape.
Narstie kills his verse on ‘Arctic Spear (BD BD BDL)’, which features a beat that Narstie first vocalled back in 2012 on Logan Sama’s show. Northampton’s Izzie Gibbs, who is also signed to Dice recordings, and longtime Narstie collaborator Typah (the MC alter-ego of Dullah Beatz) both make appearances too, and throughout the project the guest features bring intensity and raw energy that compliment the BDL head honcho’s legendary charisma. ‘BDL Spartans’, which features Gibbs, Typah and Dizmack follows, and it’s another hard-hitting banger; the militant, sinister hook, rattling hi-hats and booming bass creates a frantic five minute ride.
‘Oh My Goodness’ and ‘New World Order’ are anthemic, grimy posse cuts, with an assortment of MCs delivering aggressive, hyped verses back to back over thumping production from Frampster. The menacing, gritty ‘Haribo’ is a definite highlight from the ‘Base Society’ mixtape; Narstie talks undebatable, indisputable realness over a hard Heavytrackerz production and Bugzy holds down the hook. ‘BDL Shellers’ is another storming cut, with hard-hitting, grimy production that features Jammz, Izzie Gibbs, Typah and Statz. A lot of the tracks on here are cypher’s, and in no way is that a bad thing; blisterning energy is showcased across ‘Base Society’.
Big Narstie is no slouch with the pen; he may have developed a reputation as an internet personality, but he’s been consistent with his releases since the late 2000s. ‘Base Society’ is a great way of starting 2016 off, as well as his recent entry into the top 40 singles chart, with his collaboration with Craig David ‘When The Bassline Drops’. A unique style, lots of charisma and banging, grimy production make this eleven track mixtape well worth checking out.
By Sam Bennett