Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - RUPERT HOWE

West Lon­don MC lays down po­tent marker.

Part of the MTP posse along­side his cousin AJ Tracey, Big Zuu’s rasp­ing de­liv­ery and nim­ble rhyme style marked him out as one of the UK rap scene’s ris­ing stars, even be­fore he opted to swap a de­gree in so­cial work for a shot at star­dom in 2015. His de­but mix­tape is a wor­thy af­fir­ma­tion of that early tal­ent, whether trad­ing stac­cato verses with Jme on un­com­pro­mis­ing grime banger Fall Off, adding au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal swag­ger to B.I.G.’s tri­umphal beats or spread­ing “pos­i­tive vibes” on R&B-tinted Craig David col­lab­o­ra­tion, I Know. A solid first step, though at just 10 tracks it feels as if he’s pac­ing him­self for big­ger chal­lenges to come.

Lis­ten To: Fall Off | B.I.G. | I Know

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