- Mon, 2011-08-22 11:38
A burgeoning talent on the UK hip hop underground, Cardiff-based emcee Blaktrix has steadily been moving up the ranks with a series of accomplished EPs, singles and mixtapes, earning himself national radio airplay and endorsements from peers, producers and DJs alike. This September he releases his new mini-album Some People Never Go Crazy.
Seven tracks long, the mini-album is by no means flawless, but when things click it is easy to see why Blaktrix is fast making a name for himself as a significant new talent. The title track, Some People Never Go Crazy, is the best showcase of his skills. A laid-back, piano-and-strings production provides a gentle, breezy bed for Blaktrix to offer some husky-voiced insight into inner-city decrepitude and his hopes and preoccupations as someone who is exposed to it. His rhymes - and sentiments - are intelligent and his rhythms varied, lending them a free-flowing, conversational tone: “I know more about Basra, more about the eighties when The Clash rocked the Casbah, more about Osama, the U.S. palaver, than I can give a fuck for when home’s a disaster.”
A confident and natural talent, Blaktrix deserves the bigger audiences that are no doubt coming his way.