A few of days ago a friend of mine, Carla from Carlana Marketing, got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to do a review for a new artist called ‘XIDONTLIE’. Due to the quality of artists she has introduced to me in the past my reaction was ‘YES!’, and yet again I wasn’t let down. She forwarded on the link so I could hear the album in full before the release and it’s been on repeat since. The only catch was that the album was released only a couple of days later, so I got my ass in gear and started to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, so that the review could somewhat coincide with the release.
So here we are. The album is entitled ‘NAH’ but don’t let that confuse you, if you’re questioning whether you should purchase it then the answer is most definitely yes!
Let me give you a brief history of XIDONTLIE. Now, I don’t know if it’s just my ears playing tricks on me or what but I would have put
money on him being from London, but I was wrong! X hails from Ipswich and has an extensive history in music making. Having worked with rock bands, as part of Hip-Hop collectives and written for R&B artists and house dj’s, it’s pretty obvious that music is more than just something he uses to pass the time. It is clear that he has used his vast knowledge from all genres to create this all round masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong, it is very much a rap album, but throughout the album you can hear the influence from a number of genres.
I’m not usually one for comparing someone’s work to another’s because they deserve to be spoken of in their own right, but if I HAD to compare his sound to something you may have heard before, I’d go for a mix of Flatbush Zombies with a drizzle of Asap Mob and just a dash of Mac Miller. Basically, he doesn’t really sound the same as anyone! And there’s nothing better than that.
XIDONTLIE - NAH
I would say; “luckily he has managed to stay true to himself and made music that people will enjoy”, but I don’t believe in luck so what I will say is; thank god he stayed true to himself and made music that people will enjoy! You can tell that he hasn’t conformed to what works when it comes to making an album that will sell. The album takes some ups and downs, some ins and outs with a mix of that slow, slightly drowsy rapping and then hits us with that hard, screw face flow. It’s hard to put one overall style on the body of work that would encompass everything that the album contains, so I’m not even going to bother trying to. Just know that NAH is a great first album from XIDONTLIE, and he will definitely be added to my growing list of people I will be keeping an eye and ear on for 2018.
Having started 2018 off so strong I’m super excited to see, or should I say hear, what XIDONTLIE has in store for us in the future. Hopefully in the not to distant future!
Until next time…
Peace & love,
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Text Kiefer Horlock