Croydon MC EazyMan delivers his full length release ‘Eazy Street’, and it’s a high-octane ride with a dope mixture of bass music, grime and trap throughout. The authoritative approach is a resounding success, and the lively sound is cohesive and consistent; Eazy matches a commercial, current vibe with dense, biographical lyrics in a truly vivid fashion, and ‘Eazy Street’ makes a powerful first impression.
‘Work Rate’ is the project’s opener, and the hard-hitting, deep bassline, rattling percussion and trapped out beat compliments Eazy’s powerful, grimy delivery perfectly. Confident flows and punchline-heavy bars make for an energetic, entertaining first track that sets the upbeat, pounding tone that carries through the twelve track tape. ‘Man Like This’ is a standout cut, and the London lyricist drops precise flows with swagger and witty lines infused throughout the heavy verses. Unashamedly cocky, the shots sent in all directions at inferior guys are delivered over a relentlessly frantic beat, and Eazy’s charismatic, likeable character takes the track to the next level.
‘3 Chapters’ is another great showcase of EazyMan’s diversity; he executes a sound that is reminiscent of the Chicago drill inspired music that is coming out of the UK capital in vast quantities. Eazy’s bars are packed with realness, and his matter-of-fact bar-structure makes the impact all the more substantial. The intense ‘Get Em’ is another highlight, and the rowdy, percussive production, with it’s banging kicks and gritty synths, backs EazyMan’s dynamic voice as he flows seamlessly over the unrelenting instrumental. ‘Government Slaves’ is the penultimate cut, and the bouncy vibe is partnered with intelligent subject matter. The social commentary and club-ready production is a welcome blend, and is a testament to the originality on offer with this release.
EazyMan’s writing is packed with punchlines, and although they’re sometimes a little predictable, they are always witty and expertly delivered. He rides the beat with experience and a confident demeanour, and this is a key factor in ‘Eazy Street’s success. This is his debut full length project, and it’s a wild, diverse step into the game; if the originality and well-balanced sound continue, there will be far more quality music to come from the Croydon MC.
By Sam Bennett