UK lyricist Benaddict has established himself as one of the most talented writers on the circuit, and it’s surprising it’s taken until now for a full length album to emerge. Any connoisseur looking for narrative driven bars delivered with flair and finesse can’t go wrong with ‘The Garden Of England’, and it’s a debut the skilful MC can be proud of.
‘Does Anybody Care’ is a dope opener, and Benaddict goes back to back with fellow Yogocop MC NuphZed over a summery beat with effortless finesse. The talented writer’s storytelling abilities are displayed throughout the project, and the emotion and melodic delivery makes the consistently mellow sound incredibly captivating. One of the best instrumentals of the album features on ‘As The World Whirls Round’. The crisp drums and jazzy samples find Benaddict exhibiting a mixture of introspective reflection and positive messages alongside Omaure and Ella Mae.
‘Ninety Three’ is a raw banger that touches on the heavy graffiti influence to Benaddict’s material. His verses are delivered with intricate, precise syllables laced with silky, melodic flows over a brilliant Ded Tebiase instrumental, and it’s one of the tracks of the album. The collaboration with Illiterate entitled ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ is a smooth, mellow cut, and the snappy snare and slow-paced, smoked-out bars are expertly handled by the Yogocop representatives. ‘Yellow Self Storage’ closes the album out with a blisful beat, topped with a disturbing, adventurous story. Benaddict’s dense imagery and sophisticated writing leaves you returning straight back to track one.
‘The Garden Of England’ is a concise, well-structured and maturely executed project packed with character and thought-provoking content. The production is top quality, and Benaddict’s rhymes are reminiscent of nineties lyricists with an unmistakable British twist. If you’ve not already got this one in your collection, sort your life out now.
By Sam Bennett
Brighton has long had a reputation for a thriving hip-hop scene which specialises in crisp, summery vibes and excellent penmanship, and NuphZed delivers on all fronts with his solo EP release ‘Dreebalicious’. The Yogocop Records representative makes his mark with this tight-knit project which showcases his polished flow and eclectic approach that makes him a remarkably entertaining lyricist guaranteed to please fans of chilled, authentic boom-bap.
The Brighton lyricist impresses on the crisp opener ‘Breddaz’, and he drops his vocals seamlessly over a cool, mellow instrumental that walks a fine line between a modern, synthetic vibe and traditional boom bap sensibilities. The subtle production and silkily delivered verses on ‘Forward’ are a winning formula, and NuphZed has carved out a sharp, classy niche for himself. The Yogocop crew are definitely on a promising run, with an abundance of quality material coming out of the collective on a regular basis.
The fresh ‘Laid Back’ features fellow Brighton head Illiterate, and the smooth, jazzy beat and intricate, precise flows are showcased with prowess and confidence; the charisma and chemistry is obvious, and the concise, consistent sound exemplified across the ‘Dreebalicious’ project are guaranteed to solidify NuphZed as one to keep a keen eye on. The restrained, relaxed vibe continues on the excellent ‘Missing’, and the penultimate tune ‘Leave It Out’ is another dope cut, with a glossy, upbeat synthetic beat that provides an opportunity to showcase NuphZed’s diversity.
The concise EP is a surefire example of how Yogocop Records are fast solidifying themselves as a label to watch; they’re pushing quality British hip-hop from the south coast, and the roster is impressively deep. NuphZed’s ‘Dreebalicious’ effort is another dope project to add to their discography, and we can’t wait to hear what the crew gift us with next.
By Sam Bennett