Monday, 28 April 2014

Song Review - Tyson

by Remi
Album: Raw X Infinity (6 June, 2014)

I'm not going to lie. Combining 'Australian' with either 'hip hop' or 'rap' has generally been enough to make me feel a little... unsettled. You've been a big fan for the past ten years? Good for you. Different strokes for different folks and all that jazz. I've only started to change my tune over the past year or so with the emergence of a new wave of local hip hop stars in the making. I'm talking about Canberra's Citizen Kay, Sydney's Chance Waters, Adelaide's Tkay Maidza and, of course, Melbourne's Remi Kolawole. There's finally a real feeling that Australia is home to some heavyweight hip hop acts that can compete on the world stage. Nothing is more evident of this than Remi's banging new track 'Tyson' which previews the upcoming album, Raw X Infinity

With all the swagger and bravado of the titular 'Baddest Man on the Planet', Remi makes four minutes fly by with grand proclamations and comparisons to Iron Mike. Circa 88 to be precise. The lyrics are delivered with a confidence that will place you firmly in Kolawole's corner. You'll be thinking Kanye, not 360 and is there actually anyone alive that would say that's a bad thing? The landscape has never looked better for fans of 'Aussie Hip Hop' and Remi Kolawole is getting in early and staking a claim for the crown. If the rest of Raw X Infinity can keep the momentum of 'Tyson' flowing, we might as well just hand over some blinged up headgear now. For what is a crown, but a headgear with some bling on it? Ok, I'll stop now.

Matt Bond gives 'Tyson' four Missy Elliott heads out of five...

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