Smartz – “Rise” (Featuring Don Jaga)

Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 7.1

Smartz is peculiar MC. Why? Because out of this new school of rappers, he’s one of the few that doesn’t seem to be influenced by Lil Wayne and, in particular, Drake. In other words, whilst Smartz undoubtedly has his own heroes, when it comes to rapping he just sounds like himself. This immediately highlights him, and is most certainly a good thing, as he’s got a lot of potential. “Rise” is a solid socio-political track with a decent beat, a strong chorus from Don Jaga and passionate lyrics from the star of the show. Smartz manages to reduce rap to the basic elements, whilst retaining his own personality and character. Which is more than can be said for most artists nowadays. (Reviewed by Jesal)

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