Published on October 11th, 2017 | by Tariq Peters0
GIGGS – WAMP 2 DEM (MIXTAPE REVIEW) [@OFFICIALGIGGS]
Our very own Landlord is starting to reap the benefits of his work in the last year alone. From shutting down his first ever set of headline shows to peaking at number two in the Official Album Charts with ‘Landlord’ (Not to mention featuring on the FIFA 18 soundtrack!), the reputable monotone style and notorious delivery of Giggs is finally getting the recognition it truly deserves.
Giggs’ notable appearance on Drake’s ‘More Life’ playlist not only brought about a new international audience and fans from across the world but represents everything finally falling into place for the SN1 rapper. However, Giggs’ verse on ‘KMT’ caused quite a bit of controversy overseas with naysayers making a mockery of Giggs and UK rappers in general.
Giggs fired off a warning shot in September to those who slated him with a promotional video teasing the release of the mixtape featuring a montage of parody tweets, critics and the infamous DJ Akademiks labelling the verse on ‘KMT’ as “Wack”.
Following from the success of his 2016 album ‘Landlord’, Giggs is back with a vengeance with his highly anticipated release ‘Wamp 2 Dem’, a gritty 13 track project that claps back at the critics as he shows the world why he is not a rapper to be reckoned with.
The mixtape begins with “Gully Niggaz” and the intro instantly draws us in with a sample from Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ which turns into a Trap orchestra courtesy of Cool & Dre as Giggs reintroduces us to his relentless flow which may even come as a surprise for new fans.
This is followed by “Ultimate Gangsta” featuring 2 Chainz as Giggs takes the opportunity to respond to the criticism live and direct over an explosive, bass bumping production. notable lines include: “I said Batman, they thought man was joking/When I’m talking about dressing all black, A nigga was scoping”.
The sound of the mixtape eases into something more sing-a-long worthy with “Times Tickin’” featuring Popcaan. The jumpy anthem still has that hard-hitting tone as Popcaan and Giggs go back to back to create an anthem for the streets.
Giggs speaks the realness on the “The Essence” as he reminisces on life, being blackballed in his career and finally rising above the pressure to become one of the most celebrated artists in the UK. Giggs has never shied away from getting personal in his music and this track will certainly show the doubters that there’s much more lyrical content to his artistry.
After the success of the club anthem ‘Lock Doh’ featuring Donae’O, it was only right that they join forces again for the follow-up track “Linguo”. The track exceeds expectations and has very little resemblance to that of ‘Lock Doh’, offering a new bubbly sound for the clubs proving that the chemistry between the two was not a one-off.
Despite having a distinct selection of features, Giggs integrity remains as he stays true to his Rap and Grime roots. “Gangstas & Dancers” featuring Young Thug & Lil Duke turned out to a be a noteworthy track due to the unexpected, yet exciting collaboration. However, The UK featured tracks (“Outsiders” featuring Footsie & D Double E and “Peligro” featuring Dave) highlight the versatile sound of the UK music scene and it was a nice touch to establish that on the mixtape and not overcompensate with US features.
The mixtape concludes with “Ruler” as Giggs unapologetically states his position in the UK Rap scene over a gloomy production and looks back at the success of his album (“Man dropped the big boy album/And man got congrats for that”).
Giggs is undoubtedly a national treasure and to really understand ‘Wamp 2 Dem’ as a project, you have to understand the enduring journey Giggs had to face on his come up. Nevertheless, ‘Wamp 2 Dem’ is a gripping project that will allow new listeners to see the bigger picture and not simply judge Giggs based on first impressions.
Avid listeners of UK Rap’s greatest won’t need much convincing as the mixtape is a token of appreciation for all the fans and supporters and a subtle middle finger gesture to the rest.
Favourite Track: Peligro Featuring Dave
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