Review: Harry Fraud – Adrift [+ album stream]

In Hip Hop by Nick Russell

When it comes to hip hop beats, I’m a sucker for New York instrumentals. Whether it’s the guttural sounds of RZA, the smooth jazzed out loops of Pete Rock or just the futuristic thrashing of EL-P, something about the way the city sounds strikes a chord in my heart. So after having the opportunity to review a new mixtape by long time producer Harry Fraud, a resident of Brooklyn, I knew I’d found something to satiate my hunger.

Action Bronson – Morey Boogie Boards

“Adrift” is a collection of 23 examples of Fraud’s toughest new beats and there’s a lot of variety available on the mixtape, with guests including Danny Brown, Pusha T, Kool G Rap, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana among others. Personal highlights included the obvious throwback jazz samples of “4 the Money” by Young Roddy and the retro dreamy vibe of “On My Shit” by Mac Miller.

Mac Miller – On My Shit

My only criticism of the album is that the line up is just so eclectic. While a lot of the time this works well with such a wealth of talent and styles, sometimes it can be a bit of a head scratcher to see how each MC fits in with the next, especially the contrast between commercial rap and the more left-of-mainstream guys. It’s a minor criticism though, I’m all for giving the man dues who can throw Rick Ross on some 90’s horn samples and get away with it.

Words: James Cunningham

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