Review: C4 – ‘Oorite 2’ (Mixtape)
Since the release of ‘Off Track’, which kicked C4’s career into the spotlight, expectations have been high for the young lyricist from Birmingham. The mixtape ‘Oorite 2’ kicks off with the introduction ‘I Won’t Stop’, and I find myself wishing he would stop chanting as the introduction drags on. However, when ‘Wanna Roll’ featuring Rukus begins, I breathe a sigh of relief. Although not reminiscent to ‘Off Track’, the sound is consistent; highly grime inspired, with fast-paced verses in an unforgivingly British accent…
The music is uniquely polished and complemented with real lyrics: ‘Right now my bank is empty fam, nothing in there, but mana got bags of skill, still not a gangster still’.
The 11-track mixtape features minimal collaborations, demonstrating C4’s ability to hold his own. High-quality sounds is a consistent trait that C4 upholds, which many underground music listeners are deeply grateful for. The thought-provoking ‘Live Before I Die’ is just one example of this.
Preditah makes an appearance as he produces ‘Genesis 4Style’, which hears C4 sing over the slow moving track. ‘Suffer’ takes on a more serious tone, as the rapper begins the track saying, ‘Pain, struggle, agony… we all have to suffer,’ before singing.
One of my favourite moments is the interlude ‘The Train’, as we hear the Midlands rapper contemplate various subjects as he ‘sits on the train, thinking as I gaze’.
‘Oh Yh’ is a straight head-bopper – you have no choice but to move, one way or another. Seemingly inspired by the 90’s and the early noughties garage scene, we are given insight into another one of C4’s inspirations when it comes to music. The next track ‘Baby Girl’ also follows suite as a positive addition.
Overall, ‘Oorite 2’ includes a balanced mix of tracks, ranging from various energies such as chillout, happy to thought-provoking. Innovative, talented and clearly knowledgeable on music, I have high expectations for C4, and this mixtape gives us hope that his debut studio album will be something to look forward to.
You can download ‘Oorite 2’ on iTunes now.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)