Wow I have been looking for some hard-hitting UK-based hip-hop for a while now, and have come across a mad new release. Datkid is a Bristol-based emcee who has been killing it in the scene for a few years now. His new album Confessions of a Crud Lord was produced entirely by talented musician Leaf Dog, and the duo create a hard-hitting, menacing new album.
I was actually introduced to this album by the features. Being a big Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine and Roc Marciano fan, I was immediately drawn to listen to this project. Datkid raps throughout the album about his confessions on street life and drug life as he flows effortlessly over hard-hitting, boom-bap beats and eerie, unsettling samples. From the start, this album explodes with a menacing, honest verse on “Fire in My Belly,” showing Datkid’s immense confidence behind the mic. His chemistry with Leaf Dog is impeccable, as all the beats suit his hungry, menacing energy. Tracks like “Money & Dip,” “Blank Page” and “Grown Up” are examples of tracks with phenomenal beats, with intricate wordplay and fluid, phenomenal flows. I’ll probably need to give this album a few more listens to fully understand every single detail on this album, but one thing is sure – hard-hitting beats and introspective and crazy bars make for a large recipe for success, and this new album is an example of that.
Listen to Datkid and Leaf Dog’s new album Confessions of a Crud Lord below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via High Focus Records.