Hip Hop Rap artist KontraBand has just dropped a track that resonated as deeply as any track by my favourite spoken word Hip Hop artists. The visceral approach the up and coming artist created in his latest release ‘9 to 5’ could only be described as captivating, you just can’t help but hang onto every rhythmically placed word which is laid down into the trickling Trap beat.
There aren’t many artists that can bowl me over, yet with KontraBand’s orchestration of melodic Hip Hop I was well and truly grounded. The immersivity was found in the lyrics, vocals and beats. I’m now ridiculously excited to hear what KontraBand cooks up next with his gritty approach to realism within his lyrics. I’m starting to get convinced that they put something in the water in London to breed such poignant and posed Rap artists. If you’re a fan of George the Poet, Nick Brewer, Ghetts & Krept & Konan I can guarantee you will appreciate KontraBand’s pensive approach to Rap.
Head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out 9 to 5; which was part of Kontraband’s self-titled 2018 EP.
Review by Amelia Vandergast