Grandsome K.(KnowBuddys) The Promise (Prod. Diggy Kratez)

The promise has a creative backdrop, part classic hip-hop vibe in terms of the laid back energy and the simplicity of the beat, and part new-age, retro electronica – a strong fusion that makes for an enjoyable few minutes of rhythm. The way the music stops and starts in line with the vocal performance adds character. At times the vocal feels like it could be placed a little louder within the mix, but actually the voice blends in well with the soundscape on the whole. Purely for the purpose of making sure every lyric is caught and slept on might you raise the level a little, hopefully not taking anything away from the smoothness of the final product.

The lyricist has put 110% into the writing in this case. The track is full to the brim of rhymes and thoughts, the output is heavy and the passion is clear. The artist’s voice has an easy to listen to tone, not shouting, not out of place or lacking flow. The lyrics could take a little break on occasion, but it’s never dull to listen to, the track just doesn’t have a notable hook to take away with you after listening. The leading musical riff, the vintage synth or sound of the keys, is probably the most prominent characteristic. That and the general, recognisable sound of the artist’s voice. It’s a unique voice. Hopefully there’s more music to come.

The more you write, the more your writing is likely to reach out and grab people, and that’s what seems to be happening here. The lyricism is thick and relentless, and that’s a great way to find the gems within your own creativity. A little pause from this wouldn’t go amiss but for the purpose of being hip-hop that flows like wine it works pretty well.

By Rebecca Cullen

Rebecca is a Musician and writer from Manchester, UK, with an MA in Song Writing.

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