Clipson, part of OG Grime crew, Slew Dem Mafia, has released a fully creative, banging, solo 4 track project, for all you hardcore Grime heads out there, the ‘Lightwork EP’. Setting out to display that he’s got this Grime ting on lock, and he’s had it since early, Clipson has come with a fully produced project, to school the new gen, and remind them man they got a little left to learn, still.
The first riddim ‘The Relapse’, Prod. Top Dolla kicks off the project strong. Starting with a computer synth melody, which changes to a more melodic stringed instrument as the heavy hitting kick/snare pattern comes in with the hook ‘I know what they’re thinking, they’re thinking why ain’t I blown yet/Seen a lot of MCs come thru, none of them‘ s touched my throne yet/I’ve been hitting up Grime from time, do I need to show them/It’s Slew Maf in the building, it’s Slew Slew Slew Maf in the building’, with Clipson setting tings out from early, that he’s real in this ting, and this is how it’s done. During the main bars, Top Dolla gives us a low, low, dirty bassline and a jarring stab-like synth melody pattern, and Clipson comes in harder with it, still, his bars hitting like shells from front to back and bang on beat ‘1 shot, 2 shot, 3 shot, 4 shot, Man can’t tell when the shots will stop/know certain man who gone get a little distant, coz they don’t really wanna hold more shots’. A fully lively intro, one for the rave, fr.
The second track ‘Saltfish Freestyle’, Prod. Kwabbs switches up style completely, but comes just as creative with it. Coming with just open and closed hi hats and a low distorted bassline to start the riddim, busier drum patterns and a stab style, jarring melody comes in later, with Clipson. There are ad-libs throughout along with doubled up end bars, and panning effects, which all add to make for a full and busy OG sounding track. During the freestyle Clipson breaks down how big in the game he is, and how the new gen needs to put respect on his name, he’s put in the work from early, and he’s riding the wave, still.
‘Style Fi Dem’ Prod. Biggaman, changes the vibe again, Biggaman starts off with two two light and melodic synths, and a muted vocal sample, later a funky low bassline kicks in, and one melodic line continues, with busy but light drum patterns, and computer synths skipping over the top of the track. Clipson comes tight with it, ‘I got styles that they wanna run with, styles that they wanna teeth/Too much crud in my hard drive, man don’t wanna start a war with me’, he lays out that he finds all this new gen, fake, weak MCing dead, these times; ‘My old shit’s better than your new shit’. This one’s for the rave, fr. A vibe.
The last riddim ‘Faction G Freestyle’ is again produced by Top Dolla. This one is dark and heavy, starting with a simple snare and distorted, vocal synths, and a heavy low bassline, which brightens up a little as clipson comes in, but then changes to jarring stabs, following the pattern of the bass, and kick. The drums are full and skippy, and vocal synths float over the top. Clipson comes full force, shelling about how he’s been here for long, and he’ll be here for time, he’s already proved himself in this; ‘Lord of the Mic, I’m a champion’, and he ain’t going nowhere, any time soon; ‘Guess who’s coming in wicked, guess who’s coming in savage/These MCs might need a head start, when I come thru swinging I’ma leave them damage’. This one, this one is a mosh scene.
The project did exactly what it set out to, show that Clipson has the whole ting on lock, still, and from early. The creativity is quality and the productions and engineering are outstanding. Well worth the cop, you know what to do!