A powerful and effective new track from TaZzZ takes a while to grow from Jaaneman 2.0 into Teardrops 1.0. The piano, use of a female Indian vocalist, Raxstar and the subject matter… They all play on those obvious themes, and fortunately most of it works well. Rax drops a stellar verse, Rita Morar is incredible (although it would have been nice to hear more of her, variety-wise) and the star himself is solid enough. TaZzZ’s delivery is, perhaps, a touch too angry for the overall tone of “Teardrops” and I’d argue that the drums slightly overwhelm the orchestration, but that’s admittedly nit-picking. This will find an audience. (Reviewed by Jesal)
And as an added bonus, here is the Unplugged version which, for our money, works better in almost every way (even the video, perhaps). The aforementioned orchestration is suddenly brought to life with only the occasional timpani for company. Excellent stuff. Rita Morar has incredible eyebrow control, FYI.
Being the kind of wanky review site we are, it’s sometimes easy to forget that some of the artists we cover are: a) Sinfully young; and b) Human after all. Eyec released “Happy Midnight” a good while ago now, and at an extremely tender age. To fans and DJ’s, it’s tempting to look at rappers in binary code alone. And so, it’s great when a song comes along to jolt you out of that slump. While the nature of “So Dark” leaves us a bit reticent to issue any kind of criticism its way (hence no score), the song is more about showing your scars and attempting to basically just find the fucking lightswitch in pitch black darkness. Having gone through really bad periods ourselves, it’s important to recognise that – cliche or not – there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. (Reviewed by Rahul)
Having downloaded and listened to the new mixtape from that little TaZzZMania-n Devil himself, you should probably check it out for free at this link. The first half is more compelling for you rap fans, while the second half basically gets pretty Bollywood. Go listen. (Posted by Jesal)
We’re not entirely sure about this joint from Zaheer and RKZ. It’s not without merit, with Zaheer contributing a professional (if ultimately uninspired) instrumental. RKZ delivers a deceptively catchy chorus, but his singing just seems a bit subdued. Then, he starts rapping and “Crazy” instantly gets significantly better. It just feels better suited to the beat, more grounded and connected. Simply put, this should have been a more conventional hip hop track with the same chorus. (Reviewed by Rahul)
Apart from the needless Chelsea references from TaZzZ (seriously, people, it’s all about Liverpool), he returns with a bang as “Shutdown” proves to be an irrepressible anthem – and possibly TaZzZ’s best offering thus far. DJ Surinder Rattan delivers an incredible instrumental, allowing TaZzZ to flow with well-considered bars. Immi’s vocals are on point, and the two shun the need for a chorus, opting instead to let their DJ do his thing in the alloted space. The self-proclaimed “lyrical supremacy” is a bit hyperbolic, but hey this is hip hop – sometimes you just need to shout your message from the rooftops. Considering this is a free download, you need to go get this shit. ASAP. (Reviewed by Jesal)
We’re a bit depressed here at SuperCritic. You see, we were waiting until today to post this – which is Raxstar’s birthday – and expected to see a slew of “Ego” reviews around the rest of the internet. Much to our consternation, this was absolutely not the case and, yes, we had a bit of a Twitter rant about it. Why are so few other music critics and writers actually posting reviews of music from the kind of artists we cover on this site? Really, you can count them on one hand (more on this another day). It turns out that the birthday boy’s latest number is certainly worth highlighting, and also writing about. It’s full of hip hop quotables laid over a menacing trap beat (courtesy of Sunit); the combination of the final verse with the accompanying visuals is something special to behold (ONE TAKE). It takes practically a minute for Rax to even get going (this may well be the opening salvo of his album) and there are plenty of excellent couplets on this ‘controlled aggression’ brag-fest. The only qualm we have is the occasional example of (minutely) off-beat delivery. It’s interesting, as Eminem was recently talking about how his first two major albums – “The Slim Shady LP” and “The Marshall Mathers LP” no less – still irk him to this day, simply because he now believes that his delivery wasn’t crisp enough: he was too frequently “playing catch up” to the beat. That’s always been a wild variable of Raxstar’s – it’s something that most fans probably wouldn’t even notice, but hip hop heads can identify immediately. Putting that aside, “Ego” is another solid statement of intent from the Luton MC. After all, a bit of ego never hurt anybody. (Reviewed by Jesal)
The interesting thing about TaZzZ is that innate ability to create his own universe. He constantly cross-references his own music, inviting both the listener and other artists into his own world. Clearly he’s pretty tight with Immi, an throwback MC who isn’t technically brilliant but has bags of character alongside a naturally distinctive voice. “Fire” is an interesting effort: well-sequenced, energetic and it bangs pretty hard. Sure, the chorus and bars aren’t anything special, but altogether it’s solid enough. (Reviewed by Jesal)