“You’re just a small bump unknown, you’ll grow into your skin.
With a smile like hers and a dimple beneath your chin.
Finger nails the size of a half grain of rice,
And eyelids closed to be soon opened wide
A small bump, in four months you’ll open your eyes.”
Now, as you may or may not know already, I’m not exactly one that generally listens to every genre on the global scale, but when talent is introduced to me, I do give it a fair shake (I’m not sure if that was the right word to use in this instance, but I’ll go with it).
This guy has been flying under the radar in North American terms because he’s from across the pond (I never knew the Atlantic Ocean was a pond, but okay) by way of England. He’s more of the folk/soft rock type, but he has a sound that is a good type of different when it comes to essentially what’s running around in mainstream music today (Bieber, One Direction, LMFAO, whatever other groups that 12-24 year old girls like) and it’s good that sometimes we take a step away from the urban genres and look elsewhere to see where talent is budding.
A good friend of mine, Jessica, told me about this guy because she was doing some work regarding him. I watched the video for ‘Small Bump’ (that’s where the lyrics at the top are from), and I was feeling the sound and the lyrics. Watching the video brought the lyrics more to life because it complimented the imagery. I have to thank her, because straight up, this guy is only 21, and he’s already made a name for himself in England (the man sang for the Queen’s Jubilee….like…DAMN), and his ‘+‘ album (yes, it’s a Plus sign…don’t ask questions) hit number one, and little to no one expected it. I saw it in an HMV and I knew that the hype was real. This is why I need a diverse range of friends who listen to different genres, so that things like this wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just saying.
I haven’t heard any of his mixtapes, but he did a collaboration mixtape with Yelawolf (RANDOM) and it just shows that he himself knows about some hip hop, which I respect. Famed producer ‘No I.D’ worked on his debut album, and that alone should really open some eyes to people who are hip hop ‘students’ because it shows you that talent is everywhere, not just in your backyard. I think we tend to forget that; I know for a fact that I’m guilty of that.
Talent is the keyword here. He has it, and I like the style that he brings from good ol’ London *in my phony British accent.* I anticipate great music to come from him in the near future, so don’t miss out on the wave.
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