Crafty 893 busses back through into the scene with a new EP titled “Not Bad”, coming less than a year after his debut “Dumb EP”. It is clear from the first listen of this project that it is not bad to say the very least! Anyone who has had their eye on Crafty 893 over the past two years have witnessed the constant progression, from featuring on sets with the likes of Big Zuu, AJ Tracey and Merky Ace just to name a few, to now creating his own bodies of work covering both writing and performing the bars as well as introducing his own production to the mix. This project shows that he has been working hard on perfecting his craft!
The seven-track-EP displays the talent of this young musician incredibly. Producing six out of the seven tracks himself, allowed instrumentals to compliment his own style perfectly. The variety of sounds on this project truly shows how versatile of an artist and producer Crafty 893 is. You can expect to hear upbeat, skippy tracks that are layered with screw face worthy 808s covered by flows that constantly switch to complete each track, further showing how versatile Crafty can be even within a single tune.
“Sound of the Sir” a tagline that has made its mark in the grime scene over the years and is the only producer tagline that you are going to hear on this EP, with all other tracks produced by Crafty himself. Sir Spyro is a true legendary producer and DJ, known throughout the grime scene and features on almost all of your favourite MC’s projects. A collaboration that was being waited on since Sir Spyro had Crafty on BBC Radio One 1Xtra to do a “Sound of the Verse”. Expect heavy 808s to pair with the aggressive lyrics Crafty is spitting. “Yes, don’t test. You’re not best. You’re wotless” just to make sure you know not to test Crafty, whatever you are doing he is doing something better and you cannot beat him.
A single feature is found on this EP from the Roll Deep Legend Manga St Hilare, a link up that was destined to happen. Both of these artists are more than aware of their own talents, with Manga self proclaiming that he has dropped the best grime project for consecutive years on a number of occasions and Crafty constantly setting levels on other artists. A link up made in Grime Heaven! The two link up on the track “Top Ten (Pink Durag)” sampling audio from a viral video of a young buck showing the self-love that he has for himself, a well placed sample to emphasise the lack of care these artists have for the opinions and movements of others in the scene. One of the first bars Crafty 893 drops in this track ‘I don’t care about who blows (Hublots), bun that me nah watch them’ presents his attitude towards music simply, he is only focused on himself as is going to prove that he has more than enough ability to make it in the Game. The way Manga comes in on this feature concretes everything that Crafty 893 has expressed previously, ‘That’s true man a OG, I’m not you. Say an old lyric from 04, still way better than your top two!’ These two coming together on a track are showing everyone you have to believe in yourself before others start to believe in you.
Overall the EP cements in how talented and to use his own words how “RAW” Crafty 893 is. The style heard on this EP is reminiscent of that of PK’s, these are the only two artists who can use skippy flows and upbeat instrumentals to spit about pure badness but somehow making it seem happy with seemingly little effort. Wishing Crafty all the best for the future and more than excited to see what his next body of work has to hold! A true grime artist, creating true grime instrumentals! One to watch if he isn’t already on your radar!