Juggy D – “Okhe Pound” (Featuring The Truth)

Bhangra, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 8.2

Ahhhh, so this is what we were waiting for… Featuring a nice feature from The Truth, and possibly the best beat Mentor has produced in years, Juggy D comes back hard on “Okhe Pound” – an absolute banger that works excellently on every level. Juggy sounds fresh, focused and he delivers his impressive vocals with subtle aplomb; The Truth does a solid job, adding another authoritative voice to the mix; Mentor smashes the hell out of the instrumental, and that’s just the first twenty seconds… It is tough. Familiar samples mix with modern percussion rhythms, resulting in a genuinely interesting sonic feast. When Juggy and Mentor click, all these years later, it’s nice to know that they’ve still got “it” – consider this a success all round.

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The Truth – “Jaan Jayegi” (Featuring Mehi)

Bhangra, Hindi, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 7.0

The Truth is a complex artist to get a handle on. From all accounts, probably even himself, he’s not the greatest MC in the world. His lyrics need a certain tempo to shine, his flow ranges wildly and a year ago, one couldn’t really imagine him as a contender for “the crown” (which, right now, seems to be a cardboard one from Burger King). However, knowing your own limitations (see Gary Neville) can result in working harder than more naturally blessed rappers, and eventually overtaking them. In conjunction with Mentor and Bobby Wonda, The Truth seems to have an uncanny knack of providing the right song for the right audience at the right time. “Jaan Jayegi” is another example, a romantic rap song (very much in the vain of “Love the Way You Lie”) with a great chorus from Mehi, meaning that actually whatever The Truth spits is largely irrelevant – it’s already “job done” to a certain extent. We do think the tempo needs to be substantially quicker, as the MC is left with too much space and the flow doesn’t come across as tidy as it could have done, but this will get radio play, break new markets and please the girls. Even the really fussy ones.

Ayo – “Miracle (Asian Remix)” (Featuring Sam Khan, Redzz & The Truth)

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

Score: 6.9

Despite these kind of remixes not traditionally functioning brilliantly, the “Miracle (Asian Remix)” actually works bizarrely well. Whilst the chorus is pretty bare bones stuff not even worth dwelling on, the real stars are three of the four rappers, and an extremely competent beat (with Timbaland/Danja written all over it, but in a good way). Ayo kicks things off with a great introductory verse, attacking it with real verve and panache. Sam Khan follows and makes sure the level doesn’t drop, sounding incredibly relaxed and in control. Redzz is third up, and the start of his portion isn’t promising – but he ends up delivering something different and entirely welcome, as his mix of singing/rapping functions admirably. Unfortunately, The Truth – in the anchor position – drops the baton in the home straight with a particularly weak and simplistic sixteen not in keeping with the other trio (he’s usually better than this). As remixes go, however, this is most certainly an above average offering from Ayo.