Filmed by Oliver Brian Productions in Birmingham
By Timir Goswami on April 21st 2016
A new face to some, Slick Don has actually been in the scene from way back. Defining exactly what that scene is, however, would be near impossible, as he has experimented with different mutations of urban sounds all the way through his time as an artist. The Birmingham artist has cemented his reputation as a solid rave MC, as well as dropping a few choice vocals here and there which have popped off in the dance, from the iconic bassline squad tune "Bum Brownin'", to beat maverick Lenkemz' "Can't See U", all the way through to "Wesley Snipes", for which he collaborated with one of the shining stars of the UK Funky scene, Killjoy.
This track, somewhat misleadingly entitled track "Brap" (judging by the sound you'd think more "Spark it"), shows Slick Don on a completely different flex. Walter Ego's production finds itself an unexpected foothold between 808-driven trap beats and the shimmering Chinese erhu and flutes of sino grime, while Slick Don's flow has a considered and contemplative polish to it, which we haven't heard from him before. Both elements marry up pretty nicely here. The bars are at times self-aware, and at others, pretty hilarious; a personal favourite over here would be: "Get dashed in a bin just like gherkin". McDonalds crew: you know what to do with this man's burger garnishes.
With MCs from outside of London burgeoning like wildfire in the current revivalist grime quagmire, where Slick Don will go from here is uncertain. However, without a doubt, this 2016 opening gambit is a pretty damn strong start. Long may the powerful Walter Ego and Slick Don alliance continue.
Filmed by Oliver Brian Productions
Edited by Lean Low
Colour grade by Haavard Helle