Nick Grant – Return Of The Cool (Review)

Nick Grant, Reviews

Nick Grant is a name you may not be overly familiar with, but you’re really doing yourself a disservice. This is his first studio album, and the eleven-track LP showcases one of the strongest pen games around, and a delivery that can’t be tested. This guy is going to be a household name soon, and if you don’t know get to know.

Beginning with the refined, sophisticated ‘Sometimes’, Nick Grant’s effortless class and intelligent writing shines through from the outset, over soulful, textured production featuring a brilliant hook from Dominic Gordon. Nick’s skill is that of a man with far more projects than the South Carolina MC actually has, and he’s one of the most exciting lyricists to emerge in recent years. Nick exudes sophistication on ‘Drug Lord Couture’, and the punchline-heavy verses are complimented by an ambitious instrumental and a super-soulful chorus.

‘Bouncin’ sounds incredibly current, and it’s dope to hear the young lyricist demonstrate his versatility and confidence in delivering quality bars over both traditional beats as well as bass-driven synthetic production. He’s remarkable at both too. Rising R&B vocalist BJ The Chicago Kid appears on the excellent ‘Gotta Be More’, and the crisp, jazzy production compliments Nick’s sublimely executed lyricism packed with a humble attitude and an intelligent, socially aware perspective.

‘Get Up’, featuring Ricco Barino and Watch The Duck, is as trendy a song you can get; this one is drenched in crossover material with the creative James Brown sampling giving the production more than a hint of Mark Ronson influence. This is followed by the aptly titled and musically brilliant ‘Get Down’. The upbeat, frantic beat and Nick’s pacey flows are an exhilarating combination, and this is an MC with a masterful command of the microphone as well as an instantly likeable charisma. The LP finishes with the flawless ‘Luxury Vintage Rap’; the funky, boom bap beat is simply amazing and Nick spits with a confidence and skill unlike that of the vast majority of rappers in the game right now.

‘Return Of The Cool’ is a diverse project that solidifies Nick Grant as one of the most talented young lyricists on the circuit. He’s come a long way since last year’s ”88′ mixtape, and that’s not to say it was subpar, it’s just that he’s got everything locked down here. The beats, the bars, the content; it’s all top-drawer stuff. There’s a couple of tracks that are a little too soft for me, it’s more the powerful, punchline-driven material that excites me, but then my first introduction to Nick was his freestyle on Sway In The Morning on Shade 45 (if you’ve not checked that go on YouTube now and find it). This guy is exceptional, and he’s made a real dent with ‘Return Of The Cool’ without a single huge co-sign or expensive feature. Get yourself involved with the Nick Grant story , you’ve really got no excuses.

By Sam Bennett

@TheRealPP

@LYTEWORK

@NickGrantMusic

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Nick Grant – ’88 (Review)

Nick Grant, Reviews

South Carolina rapper Nick Grant has been bubbling for a little while now. With an extraordinary performance on Sway In The Morning, his stock may have risen a little, garnering co-signs and praise from established names in the industry. ”88′ is his debut project, a thirteen track mixtape with features from Young Dro, Killer Mike and Big K.R.I.T.

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 Opening with ‘Somethin To Say’, Grant kicks the project off with passion, soul and terrific flows. With tasteful production and personal lyricism, it’s clear from the outset that Nick Grant is a real MC, speaking from the heart over a crisp instrumental. On ‘Black Sinatra, Grant acknowledges how his gritty, classic sound might be surprising considering his heritage, spitting “a southern n*gga with these up north flows”. His intelligent yet menacing delivery on this track is decisive and entertaining, resulting in one of the standout tracks from ”88’.

On the chilled, jazzy ‘Window Seat’ Grant raps “I feel like 2pac in Gridlock’d no options”; the standard of his writing and the originality of his content is refreshing and impressive. ‘Gold Chains’ sees Nick make thought-provoking observations about the music industry and the dangers of materialism; across his debut mixtape his standards and principles never falter, which is a rare thing nowadays.

The tight, trap flavoured ‘The Plan’ is another highlight, with expertly crafted verses infused with realness and passion. Nick’s diversity in terms of beat direction, and his consistency in terms of intelligent content will surely set him on a lucrative path. Closing out on ‘The Fire’, Nick delivers another soulful cut; his combination of introspective lyrics, smart observations and great punchlines deserves heaps of respect.

This guy is a real MC. That’s what sticks out on ”88′. It’s important to remember this is a mixtape too, and if the standard is already this high an album is going to be a real event. Not every track is perfect, and there’s definitely some room for further defining his sound, but this is a really dope project. It’s free too, so there’s no excuse.

By Sam Bennett

@TheRealPP

@LYTEWORK

@NickGrantMusic

http://www.facebook.com/LYTEWORK