Swami Baracus & Sway – “Burban in the Booth”

Burban, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Rap, UK, UK Asian

Score: 8.2

There’s an endearing moment halfway through this excellent “Burban in the Booth” from Nihal’s radio show. It shows Swami Baracus – who is in the form of his life, and currently displaying enough to ensure that the whispers of him potentially being signed to a label are entirely believable – basically just wigging out that he’s meant to “follow” an outstanding verse by Sway. Whilst initially shook up, Baracus pulls himself together and straight rips the track. If we look at the game right now, Shizzio took a break to act and his new mixtape will give an indication of his skillset; Sam Kay appears to have to detached from the game for a while (although it is worth remembering his own BITB was pretty dope); Smartz is progressing well as an artist, as are a few others; Raxstar is, understandably, capitalising and channeling his energy towards dance tracks and girl-friendly guest verses whilst he preps his album. But who is really just improving as a rapper, year on year? Few other than Swami Baracus, and right now we’re coming close to recommending that he steps away from the Asian scene after his mixtape “The Recipe” drops in order to test himself in the broader UK rap game. Pound for pound, he’s pretty much the best pure MC we’ve got, and at some point he’s going to have to back himself and step outside of his comfort zone. (Reviewed by Jesal)

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