Capo Lee has done it again and come with ‘Why Not 3’ for your head tops. Having assembled a crew of producers; Jammz, Crafty893, Coco, Rude Kid, J Beatz, Sir Spyro and DOK, and barrers; Kamakaze, Jammz, JoSoSick, RD, Coco, BXKS, Cassie Rytz, Manga St. Hilare, Kabz and Taliifah, along with himself, Capo has put an entire project together over the course of a mere ten hours. Capo proves choosing skilled contemporaries, and having a clear goal in sight, means there’s a lot of scope to create something special. His project is a showcase of talent, and a testament to their achievements.
Capo Lee, Kamakaze & Jammz ‘Text Me Back’, Prod. Jammz
The project kicks off with some dreamlike, high pitched, brass synth melodies that are accompanied by a laid-back kick, snare and hi-hat combo. A very light sub bass is present and the riddim is peppered with vocal samples that bring the project together, where Capo, Jammz and Kamdog spit a riddim for the gyaldem, with wavy laid back patterns and flows, using loads of contemporary references and clever wordplay. Dem wavey ones.
Kabz, JoSoSick, Jammz & RD ‘Tidy’, Prod. Crafty893
The introduction to this tune conveys a dark and eerie tone, forwarded by some deep, chopped up vocal samples, and a very sparse piano melody. The hi-hats start halfway through the intro. The drop comes in hard with a heavy, kick, clap combo paired with punchy, bass-like brass stabs. After a some heavy hitting bars, strings come in to tie the whole track together. as the second verse comes in the majority of instruments drop out only to come back in for a mucky second drop. Kabz, JoSoSick, Jammz & RD come hard with it, spitting about how ‘tidy’ their lives, girls, bars and fits are, with skippy patterns and a catchy, half sung hook. Vibey.
Capo, Coco, BXKS ‘Shell One Down’, Prod. Coco
An intro comprised solely of skippy drums and percussion implies ‘Shell Down One’ is gonna be classic Capo. When the synth melody comes in it gives off a classic grime vibe which is further solidified by the matching bass and muted vocal samples. As the synth and bass patterns change throughout the riddim, theres no doubt you’ll have your gun fingers up. Capo, Coco & BXKS shell this one differently, still, coming darker with it, and spitting about MCing in terms of weapons and war. All MCs come sharp with it. Hard. Got me shouting ‘Shell down one’ for days, still.
RD, Cassie Rytz, JoSoSick & Coco ‘Powers’, Prod. Rude Kid
A misleading, synth string intro gives off the impression that this insert will be another laid back track, for the MCs to converse over, but as the drop comes in, the whole vibe of the track transforms into a gritty, dark riddim with a guttural bass pattern, busy kicks, and a cutting snare. All kept in time by continuos light hi-hats. RD, Cassie Rytz, JoSoSick & Coco Pattern this one up more seriously, sharing their thoughts and feelings on how to move differently enough to succeed and gain real power over your life.
Crafty, Talifah & JoSoSick ‘You’, Prod. P.Jam, Sir Spyro & Crafty893
A choir of vocal samples and string stabs give the effect of a classical orchestra in the intro. But, this is juxtaposed when the grimey drums and filthy bass stabs turn the orchestral piece into a relatively empty, but equally mucky riddim. As the drums get busier the vocals and strings transform throughout the song, it still remains like an orchestral piece, but mixed with the modern musical elements, evolve the music further, still. Crafty, Talifah & JoSoSick use this track to spit about their supremacy in this ting, by characterising everyone else in at as a generic ‘you’, and making statements throughout, to highlight what everyone else (you) ‘isn’t’, and in doing so, claim everything they ‘are’. Very clever. A banger.
Capo Lee, Kabz, Manga St. Hilare, Crafty893 ‘Got That’, Prod. J Beatz
A full, vibrant vocal sample fills most of the intro with what sounds like plucked strings effected with a beat delay in the background. Later the square bass comes in accompanied by a relatively light drum pattern with an occasional roll of the hi hats, you know Its gonna be an unmistakably mucky riddim. Capo Lee, Kabz, Manga St. Hilare, Crafty893 come OG style with this one, using OG patterns and flows to shell about being the best in the game. If you like OG Grime, this one’s for you, whole ting is waves.
Kamakaze, Crafty893 & BXKS ‘It’s A Ting’, Prod. Jammz & Sir Spyro
It’s a ting starts with a chopped up, dark and (possibly) reversed sample paired with a wavy, skippy snare and hi-hat combo. The drums come in smooth and crisp which ties the whole instrumental together. This is complimented later by the 808 drum to add an essential punch to the track. The riddim is a wavy, laid-back jam. Kamakaze, Crafty893 & BXKS come heavy with it, spitting about coming strong with it, and being successful in the game. An of kilter vibe that gets you on a different level.
Capo Lee, RD, Kabz ‘Runnin Dem Out’, Prod. DOK
The slow, basic synth pattern that starts this track, leaves plenty of space for the mad, filthy drum combo, and gliding sub baseline to take charge of the riddim. The synth pattern carries on for the majority of the track with slight changes, and the bass and drums drop out and comes back in, to reignite the vibe after each hook. Capo Lee, RD, Kabz shell this one hard and heavy to spit about running everyone out the game, still. The hook is once again something you spit for days. This one has a dark vibe, and is infectious, for real.
Talifah, Kamakaze, Crafty893 ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’, Prod. J Beatz
Conversely to the last track, the synth pattern on this one is much busier. A heavy kick and a crisp snare in a relatively sparse pattern with the continuous hi-hats leave just enough space for the 808 to lay under the whole riddim. Pure greaze. Talifah, Kamakaze, Crafty893 come dark again for this riddim, spitting about living in ends, and seeing some dark tings coming up. All the MCs come fully patterned and sharp with it, this one draws you in deep. A vibe.
Capo Lee, Jammz, Talifah & Kabz ‘You Choose’, Prod. Jammz
This riddim is empty from the off, with just an echoey vocal sample or 3 and a light kick to start the pattern. The whole track is focused mainly on percussion. The vocal samples add flair and change throughout, with an added soundscape to really cement the vibe of the track, where Capo Lee, Jammz, Talifah & Kabz come spitting about being the best, still, and letting man know, there won’t be a problem if no one brings any, still. Hard.
Capo Lee, Coco, BXKS & Cassie Rytz ‘Way We Roll’, Prod. P.Jam
The final track of the project starts with afro Caribbean sounding drums, a vocal synth and a dreamlike soundscape, then as the skippy, garage-esque drums begin to filter in, it becomes an unmistakably British summer vibe. A Sunday wave, with crisp, fresh patterns and a very subtle sub bass. Capo Lee, Coco, BXKS & Cassie Rytz pattern this one different again, with a sung hook, the flows come slower and lighter, coming with stories about coming up in music, and in ends, and in life. A good story riddim and an upbeat vibe to finish up on. Wavey.
Capo Lee set out to create a professional project, in an extremely short space of time, and execute it without cutting any corners, or losing any quality, to showcase a host of talent from both the producers and MCs alike. He has most definitely achieved his goal.
Outstanding! Cop it, cop it now!