RKZ – “Favourite Song”

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

Score: 7.2

With a beat that makes you screw your face up in the most cliched way, even prompting an “Ooooooohweeeeeee!” or two, “Favourite Song” is a musical treat. RKZ is still in a highly experimental phase in his arc, both drawing heavily from the Soulquarians movement and combining it with his own burgeoning confidence. Dope. Ass. Shit. (Reviewed by Rahul)


RKZ – “Still Oceans”

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

Score: 6.8

It’s refreshing to be able to type the title of the review and not have to stick a “Featuring” into it. This is just RKZ on his own, with a track from his forthcoming mixtape “Science X Soul”. You can perhaps start to sense the general musical theme he’ll be deploying – a juxtaposing of Soul-ful vocals, perhaps some live instrumentation but an underlying theme of Science (be that electronica or the hip hop variant). “Still Oceans” is a lush summer track with a barely-there chorus, an addictive guitar strum and RKZ’s relaxed rhymes. It’s pretty damn cool. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Zaheer X RKZ – “Crazy”

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

Score: 5.9

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)

Burban in the Booth: G FrSH & RKZ

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

Score: N/A

Not the greatest “Burban in the Booth” there’s ever been, that much is certain (you can see it written all over Nihal’s face). The beat is weird, G FrSH has a charmingly unique style that might be labelled an “acquired taste” and RKZ just completely goes off on a fucking tangent near the end (he humourously alludes to this). However, the Lutonite’s first verse is – quite possibly – one of the finest he’s ever spit. Really. The tempo suits him down to the ground and he goes hard at it. Good stuff. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Swami Baracus – “Believe In Me” (Featuring RKZ)

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

Score:  8.0

As you probably already know, we’ve been following the progress of Swami Baracus for a number of years now. There is so much that is truly refreshing about him, but one of the main things – aside from his stunning lyricism – is that he clearly cares about improving. This is self-evident on “Believe In Me” – an excellent track that features a real grower of a chorus from RKZ. SiNGAM’s production is spot on, the video is subtly impressive too, and now that his mixtape “The Recipe” is finally finished, we sincerely hope that independent labels will start to take note. Swami Baracus is the Rakim of this Asian rap game. (Reviewed by Jesal)

RKZ – “Find You”

Burban, R&B, Soul, UK, UK Asian

Score: N/A

RKZ is in a soulful mood. One might even say he’s truly discovering the Soulquarians stage of his career, and it certainly shows on this sultry offering, “Find You”. We will be having a more in-depth look at the various tracks taken from his forthcoming EP “#SOULar” upon release, so stay tuned. (By Jesal)