Kamakaze has gone clear with this one, carried by his own wave, produced in part by ZDot and Krunchie, Kamakaze is destined to ride it all the way to the top. ZDot has a great production history, having produced for the likes of Stormzy, Bugsey and Prof. green, and has collaborated in the past with Krunchie, on an equally impressive back catalogue, to produce for artists such as Isaiah Dreads, Eyez and Lady Leshurr.
Kamakaze aka Matt Robinson, is both a Grime MC and a professional footballer for Dagenham & Redbridge, Leicester, having also played for the England C team.Kamakaze picked up Grime in 2013, and has been steadily releasing projects ever since, most recently, Wavey Shirt Wednesday and previous to that, Royal Blud, he has done freestyles for SB TV, JDZ Media And P110, though he spent a small period of time away, which he acknowledges in the album. Kamakaze‘ s life imitates his art, or vice versa. He goes hard for what he wants, he doesn’t believe in slacking, and he has a positive, energetic attitude, which is reflected heavily in his bars and throughout the album.
This project is quality from beginning to end, ZDot and Krunchie lend a full sound to Kam’s cleverly constructed bars to give us a vibey, top quality Grime album, filled with clever flows, wordplay and intelligent thought. Kamakaze does Grime in his own way, rapping about what he is and what he knows, nothing more, nothing less.
Track 1. No Days Off
This tune kicks off the album with the general vibe of the entire piece, keep positive and keep grinding at what you’re best at (referencing both his football career and rap career), and it’ll pay off in equal measure. This beat has a rousing, thumping bass line, which is continuous and driving, and simulates the message perfectly. The hook hits you hard both audibly and mentally with the resounding ‘Said I don’t do days off/Man know I do hard work pays off’, making you feel to get your act together personally. The whole tune is filled with clever wordplay and similes such as ‘We got the golden touch/We not Midas’ and ‘Before I write man off like I crashed a Merc’, which are woven together by Kam’s punchy, driving flow that emulates the whole theme: Go hard, then go harder.
Track 2. Comeback Season
This rhythm has a slightly emptier pattern, with a dark and heavy bass and sad melodies, with an under water quality throughout. The use of a continuous high pitched overtone again syncs up with the subject of the track well, how one comes back from having a hiatus - hard! Kamakaze’s explains this hiatus as being due to not being sure of the scene, being messed around, and dealing with doubting himself etc., but deciding to come back at full tilt for his fans and for the love of Grime, which every Grime fan understands.
Track 3. Prayers
The beat in this track is a return to a slightly harder style, as are Kam’s bars. The thundering, heavy bass line sounds almost as though it’s coming for you, it has a movie like quality, in that it feels as though it’s that background music that lets you know something bad is about to go down, almost like the falling and rising of footsteps, over and over. The message in this tune is that Kamakaze is the best lyricist, which he sets about proving with excellent flows, delivery, rhyme patterns and wordplay, particularly in the hook which delivers the raw energy of Grime we all love, and challenges any MC; ‘Man can’t relax or chill this is Grime, not Trap or Drill/ I told Man this is nang not Ill I asked the mandem what’s real/They said ya ya ya you are man are sending for me Wh what wh what who are/them man have fucked it I said put them man in your prayer and your dua’. This is a hook to be shelled by a large crowd, for real.
Track 4. Candlelight
This is a tune for the gyaldem. The production mimics the subject and feels a lot lighter, with the different elements mixed to create a harmony that seems to want to emulate being as one with someone. With a low, low bass line and much softer high notes, woven around a driving melody, Kamakaze spits in a melodic flow to share how he operates within a relationship, as half of a team that makes moves and ‘arrives’ at everything together. This is a refreshingly positive view of women, that some would say is missing from a lot of Grime, and lends weight to the overall positivity throughout the album.
Track 5. Spirits
Track five comes back with some rawer energy again, with an off key melody, and a much busier production. The theme is also a return to more original Grime, being about lifting himself above all other mandem, MC’s, etc., by once again hitting us with that signature wordplay; ‘I am a mortal so it’s not combat’ and ‘can’t touch this so it’s not contact’ in the hook, and other bars like ‘when I was a younger I had a few run ins/Now everyting cool, like runnings’. This is a vibey one, and needs to be banged loud.
Track 6. Truth & Consequence
This rhythm is a warning for the mandem doing dirt to get p. The production lends the topic a heavy vibe, due to the serious nature of it, and during the course of the song Kamakaze exposes how living clean has made his life the high life, letting us in on how nice his gyal is, how nice his garms are, and just how the levels of his input are reflected in his style of living. The sad melody in the off key hook reminds us of what living dirty is inevitably going to lead to, in this way the general positive message of the album is upheld ‘you did your dirt, but at what expense?’, and ‘bow bow, shoot them little birdies off the fence.’, remindinding the mandem to go a better route.
Track 7. Mighty Ducks
This is another wavey tune, centred around the topic of going to the club, not wanting any agg, just wanting to vibe. The production on this rhythm is upbeat and skippy, dancing in and out of the bars, and hook, which are catchy as hell ‘tell the girl take it low then wind it up, got the champs on ice, like the Mighty Ducks’.
Track 8. 2 Double 0
This is a tune dedicated to the love of Grime again. With an off kilter melody, and a dark, low bass line, this is a rhythm that will bang in the rave. Definitely turn this one up looooud. The hook is cleverly done, and everyone’s gonna be reppin it; ‘Man know that it’s year of the Kamdog been on this ting since 2 double 0 double 0/ Man said what’s your asking price? Same as yours but then add another 0/ Man come through all fresh man said I’m looking like double 0 double 0/ Man in the ends say Kamdog you’re gonna blow/ I’m like family you already gonna know/. The rest of the tune carries the overall positive message of the album, here we are informed about Kam’s plans to bring his whole family through, and reminded of how everyone wants to be on his wave now.
Track 9. Far Away feat. Maverick Sabre
The closing track on the album is deep, a stroke of genius and brings us gently back down to earth. By sharing some of his personal struggles, with anxiety, self doubt surrounding his music career, losing himself during his hiatus, and turning to drinking as a way to dull the pain, Kamakaze spits this one softly to match the less often spoken, emotional undertones in these bars. He laments that he doesn’t talk about his problems. The hook, executed perfectly by Maverick Sabre, has a drifting, floating quality, filled with sadness that lends itself to the song’s topic, wanting to escape pain. The production matches up to the vocals beautifully, with a sad melody that follows Maverick’s hook pattern, woven throughout, and drums that are barely holding on, quiet, but constant in the background, much like anxiety and doubt.Still, the last bar is actually a positive one; ‘and this water’s never tranquil hope it saves me/ but I know it won’t only time I feel comfort when my lady hold me close/.In this way we end on a brighter, hopeful note, learning that drink was not the answer, and the overall positive theme is upheld.
Kamakaze plays by his own rules, he clearly has a deep love of Grime, but is progressive enough to take the bones of it, and make it his.His melodic flows, positive message and intelligent, cleverly crafted bars show Kamakaze to be a man who wants to win at life, experience it all and bring those he loves to eat at his table.
A brilliantly executed album.