Review: Giggs – Wamp 2 Dem (+ stream)
The South London rap king pin Giggs has released a mixtape to have you going Arnie in the gym, throwing elbows in the club or breaking bathrooms at a house party.
Wamp 2 Dem is the answer to the aftermath for a successful couple of years for Giggs; following a top 2 album with The Landlord, co-signs from Drake and MOBO nominations. It’s easy to see artists take a back seat once they release an album of such calibre so it’s great to hear Giggs’ is still busting shots on the world stage of rap music in the mixtape format.
Long time collaborator CasIsDead, warned Twitter that Wamp 2 Dem is a like a sequel to The Landlord. He even “feels funny calling it a mixtape”. Landlord, released 14 months ago, is Giggs’ most successful album to date reaching number 2 in the UK Album Charts!
If The Landlord sounds dark and dangerous to you, then Wamp 2 Dem is basically directed by a bad man Stephen King. Opening track, Gully Niggaz, had me busting shoulders round the house, back dropped by a gully piano loop. The solo tracks on the tape are a reaffirmation of Giggs’ place in the scene as front runner as well as his well-paced, hilarious bars reminding us, that slow and steady wins the race. Final track Ruler manages to amalgamate almost all of Giggs’ elements; the horror sounds, the smooth bars, some personal monologue and a cheeky “boodoobiedoobadoop”.
The mixtape features an impressive selection of internationally acclaimed rappers as well as some of the UK’s strongest right now. ATL veteran 2 Chainz features on Ultimate Gangster, Jamaican superstar Popcaan features for a track perfect for the bass in your car and more southern rap input from Lil Duke & Young Thug, who drop some sauce for Gangsters & Dancers, on which Giggs’ flow goes hard!
One of the UK’s most pioneering veterans Donae’o gets a two-step on for Linguo, a catchy roller for the club or the whip to remind everybody Donae’o and Giggs got the tunes on Lock Doh.
The Newham Generals, Footsie & D Double E “jump out like spiders” for head bopping, jumpy grime anthem Outsiders.
Then who else would be needed for a feature from the UK to complete a star-studded tape? Dave collaborates for Peligro. Dave’s stepped up in the last year through big self-produced tracks but Giggs and the young MC join each other for a Batman & Robin, Han Solo & Chewbacca display of bars. Giggs bars: “I clocked the damage, English bruddas come to shut the planet”, then Dave just goes in.
The tape’s an unarguable, but harsh 8.9 from me, as there’s no bangers it’s just greaze. Cinematic, Stephen King sounding greaze.
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