Epic, a Fayetteville native by way of Germany and Texas, is a self-confessed Michael Jackson Fan. That certainly comes across in ‘Shawty Bad’, a chilled R&B-influenced hip-hop number showcasing Epic’s soft-yet-melodic lyrical voice. It’s got some flow, it’s got lift and bounce, but there’s a harmonic melody line there too that’s straight out of old-school R&B; the gentle lover lover of the music sits in tongue-in-cheek counterpoint to the at-times ‘adults only’ NSFW lyrical bent, in keeping with the dark-vs-light juxtapositional theme of the whole of Epic’s new ‘2 Love or Not 2 Love’ five track EP. It’s sexy, it’s raunchy, and it’s got some serious swag to it.
Review by Alex Holmes