Mixtape Reviews

Published on May 3rd, 2018 | by Tariq Peters



Ms Banks proved from an early stage in her career to have the star qualities to become one of UK Rap’s most in-demand artists.

Ms Banks rose through the ranks demonstrating her lyrical fierceness with a series of hard-hitting freestyles over the years. It was after the release of her 2016 project ‘New Chapter’ where we saw the evolution of Ms Banks. Her ability to incorporate a range of styles in her music showing both versatility and courageousness proved that she has what it takes to make a mark on the UK music scene.

Fast forward to 2018, the South London trailblazer rightfully earned the respect and backing from major heavyweights in the scene. However, it wasn’t long until her music reached the ears of global music star Nicki Minaj who was impressed with her verse on Lisa Mercedez “Yu Zimme Rmx”.

With all eyes on the South London artist, Ms Banks is back with her highly anticipated project ‘The Coldest Winter Ever’. The 12-track offering is based on a 1999 novel of the same name written by Sister Souljah. Ms Banks picks up relatable areas of the novel as she focuses on her own compelling narrative of persevering in life despite the obstacles and making something out of nothing.

Following from the powerful, introspective “Intro”, we get straight into the project with “R.I.P” featuring Loski. The Drill inspired track brings out the relentless side of Ms Banks for the explosive street anthem as both South Londoners go back to back for the opening track.

Ms Banks shows off her braggadocios side for the bass-bumping club banger “Know U Know”. Despite flexing on the track, she also takes a moment on her second verse to speak on real-world issues and those who focus solely on trivial matters.

Ms Banks focuses on the joys of having fun, living life to the full and making dough in her party-inspired anthem “Chat 2 Mi Gyal”. The noteworthy Toddla T produced track is a bouncy offering and is one of our personal favourites which is due to be a recognised soundtrack throughout summer.

An impressive point to highlight is the range of emotion presented throughout the project. We are offered moments of bravado and charisma in tracks like “Bangs”, “Clap” and “Come Thru”, as well as elements of vulnerability in tracks like “Over (Your Shit)” and “Made It” featuring Montana giving us the best of both worlds.

We must commend Ms Banks’ honest and sincere approach to the development of the mixtape touching on various issues that are relatable yet rarely spoken about.

Ms Banks praises the people that have been with her from the very start with “Day Ones”. The sing-a-long track is a light-hearted tune that caught our attention last year and remains catchy. Ms Banks’ devotion to her friends and family makes this a worthy addition to the project.

The mixtape concludes with an extended clip of “Pen Game 2” featuring Margs. With the rise of viral music challenges in the UK, Ms Banks’ rendition of the Pen Game challenged proved to be a fiery favourite, so it only makes sense to end the project with something adrenaline-fueled.

‘The Coldest Winter Ever’ is a well-rounded, bold release which showcases the growth of Ms Banks. The mixtape solidifies the progress in her career thus far. With a range of tracks delivering both impeccable flows and harmonious vocals, ‘The Coldest Winter Ever’ is her most developed project to date.

The Nicki Minaj co-sign was a monumental moment for Ms Banks as she has built off the momentum to deliver something career-defining. As a result, we may not have to wait long until Ms Banks reaches the heights of her idols.

Favourite Track: Over (Your Shit)

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