“I’m not going to pretend that I’m aware of the hip-hop scene in Ireland. But like many hip-hop enthusiasts, I tend to enjoy digging through the crates (i.e. The internet, or actual record stores). It keeps you up on what’s going on. But in all that time that I’ve been searching for new music in my life, never have I come across some raw hip-hop with an Irish passport. Maybe it’s my own ignorance (it probably is), but I really didn’t expect such progressed hip-hop coming from a Celtic country outside of the UK. Well Rejjie Snow has changed that for me. I’ve been stuck listening to his Rejovich EP for a couple of days now, and he recently dropped a video to a new track Nights Over Georgia that is eerie and well done.” Click after jump to read the rest of the review.
Georgia’s chorus has me gliding across the floor in my wing tips, and then,
just when I want to cuddle up with a cognac and rock to sleep, the whole world that
the video and hook builds up flips. Rejjie delivers a rough and pummeling verse that
has shades of MF Doom, but others will say Tyler, The Creator.
Snow manages to slide in and out of verse and hook with veteran dexterity.
The smokiness of the chorus and the Doomish tumble of soulful rhymes by Rejjie
echo in lines like “Swoll to the lip bone/Bleeding gums Murphy”.
Rejjie does a great job taking an oddball piece of music and turning it on its
ear resulting in something tangible that the listener can really connect with. The
Rejovich EP (released June 24, 2013) had shown that Snow is prone to some dreamy
hip hop beats, but Nights Over Georgia really turns into something almost scary
good. It makes me really excited for his next release.
It’s interesting to see a genre of music grow and spread and change and
morph all over the world. When it first started no one could have predicted that hip-
hop would turn into something that would influence generations on generations
spanning the globe. But here we are, fortyish years later, and this genre that has
seen its up and downs is influencing youths even in the most unlikely of places. Hip-
hop had it’s golden era, hip-hop’s seen the dark side of it’s self, it’s lived it up in
lavish night clubs, battled amongst each other for supremacy, and it’s still here,
growing faster than ever. And evidently now it’s in Ireland.