Beatboxer Ekko – “Never Be Enough” (Featuring Raxstar & Rita Morar)

Burban, Dubstep, Grime, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rap, UK, UK Asian, Video

Score: 8.1

Produced by PKCthefirst, featuring subtly effective contributions from Beatboxer Ekko himself and Rita Morar, this is predominantly an opportunity to view the alternate side of Raxstar. Sometimes it is easy to forget – whether speaking as a fan or reviewer – that the Luton MC doesn’t just deliver tracks for the ladies. That may be because Raxstar’s currently in the midst of a genuinely productive era in his career – he is practically on the cusp of featuring in one brand new video every month, whether solo for dolo or as a guest. He’s firmly in the groove, and while the next step is releasing a genuinely solid album, his star is still rising. “Never Be Enough” is almost like that recent episode of “How I Met Your Mother” – the one called “The Over-Correction” where the characters go so hard the other way, it is both crazy and productive. Thus, we find our rapper almost snarling at the microphone throughout, and it most certainly works (the polar opposite of “Cold World”). Beatboxer Ekko has overseen a great record, here, and should really be putting it on iTunes – but it’s a free download. Generous chap. (Reviewed by Jesal)

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Raxstar – “Cold World”

Burban, Hip Hop, Rap, UK, UK Asian

Score: 7.1

(In place of the traditional review, here are alternative lyrics that may or may not have been hacked from Raxstar’s BlackBerry…)

RAXSTAR:

It’s a Cold World like a Twister

Listen up, I’m the sickest barista

Fast-paced or slow, the Scarface of flows

But my chocolate sprinkles are heart-shaped for sho’

My jeans skinny like latte and though

We used to French on park bench til I stole your trench coat

I kept telling myself: “Rax, look slow”

But your eyes transfixed on a MacBook Pro

My service is cardiothorassic

I cut hearts into napkins, and certain other fabrics

Understand though, my story is hard luck

I’mma work night and day in this Starbucks

Until I can own shares and then refuse to pay tax

And then, baby girl, what will you say to Rax?

You dropping your pencil, making me get it

Staring at my arse, honestly it’s pathetic

Baby if you want me, you gotta show me love

Words are so easy to say, you gotta show me love

I’m out the door, you chase me, and I know that look

“When I went to the ladies, did you steal my MacBook?”

 

CHORUS x4

Next time, girl, leave a tip – at least 10% or I’ll have to steal your shit

Next time baby girl please leave a tip – it’s a Cold World, I will steal your shit

 

Dream Warriors – “Small Bump” (Ed Sheeran cover)

Burban, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, UK, UK Asian

Score: N/A

He may hate us for saying it, but Raxstar is so fucking good at rapping about girls right now, it’s almost scary – and his breakthrough truly seems to be within touching distance. Whatever happens, this cover of “Small Bump” works very well indeed. (By Rahul)

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)

TaZzZ – “Jhoom (Steel Banglez Remix)”

Burban, Dubstep, Grime, Hip Hop, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 6.0

Strange one here from TaZzZ and his cohorts. The beat is quirky and full of character – it may not necessarily be for everyone, but it has a subtle sparkle and a focus on melody above all. The sequencing also jumps all over the place, taking you by surprise in a most welcome way. However, the MC’s involved don’t really appear to be giving their all: TaZzZ does a solid enough job, but it’s not quite on par with some of his previous efforts; Words Ali has lyrics to burn, not to mention character, but seems a touch subdued; Immi has a great natural voice but the bars don’t do it justice this time round… And then, at 2:26 Raxstar pops up and for approximately 26 seconds straight rips the track, owns it and subsequently walks away with it. We don’t like to say it, but this would have been significantly better if this has been from the Luton MC alone. (Reviewed by Rahul)

RKZ – “Gemineye’s Mind”

Burban, Dubstep, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 6.6

We can totally understand why the reception to this latest offering from RKZ has been lukewarm at best: it could be described – and we say this with love – as “a bit wanky” artistically; the video is confusing (to pets and old people, not us); the beat is unconventional; RKZ utters countless profanities and says “bitch” a lot too. If we were a twelve year old girl, maybe the list could go on – regardless, it’s generally never a good sign when an artist has to explain the whole thing on Twitter. But the reality is that these opinions are the result of a cursory listen, and if one were to go deeper, they could start to appreciate that “Gemineye’s Mind” is a pretty fine song. The instrumental, in particular, is so subtly incredible, with an indelible melody; RKZ himself does pretty well, but the danger with role-playing on a song is that people just won’t understand, and when coupled with the vocals (where you sense he doesn’t fully commit) he perhaps should have just gone completely OTT. It’s another interesting twist in the story of this Luton native, and whilst it might not be for everyone, that doesn’t mean it is without quality. (Reviewed by Raman)

LYRICS:

(Verse One)
This is life that I’m living well,
thinkin’ twice ‘fore we show and tell.
I’m honestly amazed at how the world turns,
’cause the world has got so much to learn.
You see the stars are there to give us life,
we look up at night, can barely see the light.
So I look down, around, try find you.
But I can’t so I guess we’re inclined to..
Search the world for the right path,
decipher the cynics, right for the minute,
into the moment, controlling your own control,
evoking your inner spirit, we hear it.
Need to deliver, I fear it because I’m quicker.
But glimmers of hope are gone before I’d consider, us.
And though we’re bound to,
tear down the skies to find the, meaning of life and love,
I’m still divine to, be inside you.

(Chorus)
I’ll bring you here, then take your world,
and blow that shit apart,
so you’re mine girl, you’re my girl.
You’re mine girl, you’re my girl.

(Verse Two)
Ah,
I’m still here despite these parasites,
they can’t touch you like I,
my mind’s right, your mind’s mind,
I’ll swallow that fucking whole, in one go.
You’re promising me your soul.
My mind’s eye demands my mind’s time but lately,
I feel like I’m a fucking walking demise,
’cause I spend the whole day dreamin’,
while bitches spend the whole day schemin’.
And then, they question my entire fucking plight,
why focus on my entire fucking life?
Get your own, I spend mine tryna fuck the world to find her,
she gets so fucking jealous when I try to unwind her,
ain’t like I wine and dine her,
most of the time the world fucks me,
She’s the bitch. Fuck her, then fuck me.

(Chorus x2)

(Verse Three)
And every time I’m here, I see you there.
And your eyes see me, you feel,
you think, you really think that you like me.
But you don’t know if the world would allow this,
I’m not good for your ego – about this.
If you wanna be the girl you wanna be,
or fuck with dickheads, and never get around to seeing me,
the good (bad) guy.

I’ll bring you here, and take your..
and blow that shit apart,
so you’re my, you’re my girl,
you are..

Raxstar & DJ Surinder Rattan – “Flirt”

Burban, Dance, Hindi, Hip Hop, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 7.7

“Look, I don’t normally do this…” True, Raxstar, but you did give full warning: “Mighta fell off but look at how I bounced back, Fuck it, my next single’s gonna be a house track…” The Luton MC stuck to his word (taken from the “Burban Cyphers“), and the result is a very solid number that doesn’t drop the ball, and provides ample radio fodder. If Rax can manage to string a few more of these together (along with, obviously, “Jaaneman”) and mix them with some great hip hop songs, he could have a genuinely strong album out next year. Surinder Rattan is precisely the kind of producer that he should be working with right now, for whilst Sunit almost always does the job with aplomb, variety is the spice of life, and “Flirt” has a subtle but indelible chorus, a competent house instrumental underpinning it all and an MC on form, delivering some nice punchlines. Of course, as with “Jaaneman” it is all very formulaic, let us not pretend otherwise – but the important thing for Raxstar is to connect with fans, and to do that you need a front-to-back package that functions on every level. That means: music, lyrics, chorus, video, stylists, artwork, promo… Everything to be perfectly synced. To be honest, the whole thing wreaks of Sid Ahmed’s genius at putting an actual campaign together (who knows if that is indeed the case, but these things rarely happen via serendipity alone). Either way, “Flirt” most certainly gets the job done. (Reviewed by Jesal)


Flirt - Single - Raxstar & DJ Surinder Rattan

 

LYRICS:
Look I don’t normally do this
And before you start making excuses
I can see it in your face that you’re ruthless
I aint said nothing why you throwing up your deuces?
Let me talk to you
The place that you’re going let me walk you to,
I must admit I like a little akhar (attitude),
I don’t want you easy to break like a papadh (poppadom),
You look cute when you has has (laugh),
Twenty for your thoughts like das das (ten / tell me)
I know you aint really in a rush rush,
So just stop for a minute like bas bas, (stop)
Just calm it down,
You know you’d look so good with my arm around you,
She said I’m pagal (crazy) I said I’m playing,
But your eyes are telling me what your mouth aint saying

CHORUS:
Akhan naal keghai dil tera sajana
(With her eyes she said I’m yours)

Why you wana take take take and not give give give
I just want to show you how I live live live,
You don’t have to tell them what we did did did,
Everybody wants to know what my business is,
But we could start off with a hanji hello,
she was like naa ji N.O.
LOL that usually never fails,
Still got a soft spot for ghetto girls,
I like them with brains though they got to be smart,
These days some of them are too chalaak (cunning)
Like kuri mere haan di (a girl similar to me),
Please never leave like “Peer Tere Jaan Di” ( “The pain of you leaving”),
You should stay for a while,
Every time I see you its making me smile,
So why you wanna settle for a cash and carry?
We should be a power couple like Ash and Abhi

CHORUS