Review: ThisisDA – ‘Based Off Black’ EP [free download]

In Hip Hop by Alasdair Kennedy

Review: ThisisDA – ‘Based Off Black’ EP [free download]

Bristolian rapper ThisIsDA delivers this new introspective EP, featuring a guest appearance from West Coast rapper Blu. For the most part bars take prominence over hooks, allowing the musician to show off his entertaining schizophrenic persona, alternating from soft and vulnerable on tracks like ‘No More Mind’ to hard and aggressive on tracks like ‘Hotsteppa’.

Accompanying him are a selection of gorgeous moody and jazzy beats, my favourite being the spacey instrumental on ‘Sell Me’. Fans of Mick Jenkins recent EP The Water[s] may be familiar with the production style of Mankub and Spacetime, both of whom appear on this record. Other producers include Julian G and Herring Franky.

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