Raxstar – “Dream Warriors”

Burban, Hip Hop, Rap, Rock, UK Asian

Score: 5.9

We’re usually a touch cautious when expressing our first impressions about any Raxstar single, simply because they frequently turn out to be growers. However, the somewhat lukewarm reception to “Dream Warriors” says a lot: it’s not another track aimed at his immense female target market (therefore don’t expect it to spread like wildfire); it’s the first official single from his album “Faith & Patience” (does that mean “Jaaneman” isn’t on there, or it’s just a bonus?); it’s quite an alienating mix of influences, coupled with verses from Raxstar that are anything but. This is a very strange choice to lead with. As we’ve alluded to, the Luton MC spits some truly superb verses here, with quotables aplenty, but the beat (and sequencing) leave a lot to be desired. Musically, it sounds a fair bit like “Break This Game” by Swami Baracus (not just because it’s “rocky” – even the chords strike a resemblance), yet the lacklustre chorus just doesn’t seem to fit at all. The stuttering sample works well, but as a whole, Sunit has simply overcooked the instrumental. As a result, the vocals don’t mesh, and there isn’t the unified feel necessary to make this kind of track work as a single (even a build up one, at that). Making music isn’t easy, and Raxstar’s progression as an MC is exciting – but rule number one in hip hop: “You’re only as good as your beats.” (Reviewed by Rahul)

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