Mixtape Review: Rival – 'lord Rivz'
Following the success of his March-released 'Lock Off The Rave EP', east London’s Rival has released yet another quality piece of work for the grime-loving masses with his 10-track mixtape, 'Lord Rivz'. Rival, known for his aggressive delivery, street-influenced lyrical content and many online freestyles, has never failed to bring out the raw essence of grime with every bar that he spits, something which seems to be very absent within the grime scene at the moment...
For me, 'Lord Rivz' would have to be the best release from Rival so far, as it brings out a different, more artistic side to the MC. The Dot Rotten-featuring track, 'Just A Dream', sees Rival let out his emotions over a mellow R&G (rhythm and grime) production, making this one of the stand-out tracks on the mixtape.
The 2-step/garage-sounding 'They Said', produced by Flava D, is yet another stand-out number from the grime lyricist, as he calls on his angry flow to address all of the critics who have doubted him in the past. With a bouncy bassline and a skippy drum pattern, this song will have any DJ, music listener or lover of bass music bopping their head uncontrollably.
If you want to know what new-aged grime sounds like, then this emotionally-charged offering will definitely teach you a thing or two.
Rival’s new mixtape, 'Lord Rivz', is out now.
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Words: DJ Lubertz (@DJLubertz)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)