Baw Baw Black Sheep
Following the introspective hip-hop opus that was his studio debut Dear Annie in 2018, Dublin rapper Rejjie Snow returns with Baw Baw Black Sheep , a super slick collection of trippy monologues set to an eclectic mix of neo-soul, trap and alternative R&B beats.
The 28-year-old Drumcondra native has been making waves internationally since debuting three years ago, as is evidenced by the impressive cast of featured artists utilized skillfully throughout an immersive sophomore record.
Most notable is the late great MF DOOM, who arrives in style on lead single and early highlight Cookie Chips. DOOM perfectly sets the playful summer tones of his streamlined tracklist, while later R&B superstar Tinashe shines on the gloriously funky and aptly titled ˜Disco Pantz. Arguably Rejjie’s strongest assist comes courtesy production whiz Cam O’bi, as the Grammy award winner provides a colourful selection of sunny beats for Snow to bask in.
Crucially, the star power of the guestlist never steals the show away from our narrator, who is in his element throughout. Laying down bars with a flow so chilled and smooth that you might suspect the young rapper of functioning in a lucid dream state, atop the brightly cinematic and sensual backing.
Snow declared himself to be “at ease” in the creative process, and the results speak for themselves as the vibrant and intimate energy of Baw Baw Black Sheep reveals a highly perceptive, profoundly evolving artist.
Words: Andrew Lambert
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