A diamond from the rubble of the late Radar Radio, SBK has been proving his worth time and time again and now has a project to show for it - the 'SBK EP'.
The 16-year-old MC and producer primarily made his name known under the wing of DJ Argue. He fast became a feared MC alongside Major Muzik’s Tommy B and earnt himself even more stripes after coming up against Hell In The Cell specialist Ten Dixon in the last war.
SBK went straight in undaunted and fired shots at the South London MC. That confidence is shown throughout this project and he also calls out those from the clash once again on the final track ‘Come Out The Room’.
1) Get That Time (prod. OH91) -
SBK doesn’t mess around with any intros and starts the project by going straight in with his skippy flow. This one is arguably the hardest single to date from the youngster and it was only right to begin proceedings with it.
2) Fendi (prod. SBK)
Track number 2 has a more wavey vibe to it compared to your typical gritty grime track. A catchy hook is dispersed over the self-produced instrumental while he takes aim at the fakes with his compelling bars.
3) End Of The Week ft Renz (prod. SBK)
For this track SBK calls upon Mob Set’s very own Renz. The Lambeth MC has enjoyed some of the limelight too recently and it’s no surprise, as he is very capable of lighting up any rave (as we saw at Grime Originals last Saturday) and also able bring different styles to any beat laid down infront of him. SBK and Renz both deliver confident exchangeable barring over this trap infused beat to produce a banger in it’s own right and give another dimension to the project.
4) What Why (prod. SBK)
For the people who's doubted him, this one's for you! Keeping in tone with the hi-hats, SBK lays down yet more confident and cheeky bars over a more toned down production which shows his experimentation well. A true message to the haters.
5) Walking Down The Road (prod. SBK)
Bringing more bass to the forefront, the youngster creates a more authentic sounding grime beat that any MC would feel blessed to spit over. This speaker-bursting track embodies his flow very well which, for me, is why this one is a standout track on the project.
6) The Lift (prod, Flexerbeatz)
Two words - too cold. See the Tim And Barry TV video for it below and try not to get too gassed!
7) Star Boy (prod. SBK)
Again, a more laid back track which SBK fires catchy hooks over a beat which is very reminiscent of Wiley’s Playtime Is Over sound.
8) Come Out The Room (prod. Audio Slugs)
Finally, we have the track I touched on earlier - as if Hell In A Cell wasn’t enough, SBK puts Dixon and Micofcourse in his scope again and lets rip over the weighty Audio Slugs production to round off the captivating project. One that has everything you would want from a top MC’s body of work, let alone from a 16-year-old that is coming for the crown.
Some are saying ‘Grime is dead’, but you only have to look at those who are up and coming to see that the scene is very much alive and kicking. You just have to look at the right places and not amongst the trap and UK Rap major platforms are trying to spoon feed us everyday. Big up SBK for this project who has a very bright future ahead of him.
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