|Posted by Qn. Everlena Brown on March 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM|
BP is the next big thing in a long line of rappers from the other side of the tracks, a trend started by Eminem. He just released his first mixtape “Coffee & Cigarettes” on datpiff.com. The mixtape shows his dedication to hip hop, and the 9 to 5 is just a mistress. “I was drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes to stay up” says BP when asked how the album was conceived. Let’s take a closer look:
Is this Hip Hop or Not: Instantly reminded me of Nas’ “Hip Hop is Dead” produced by Chris Webber. Easy lyrics, nice flow, and good delivery. Loved the way the beat switched toward the end. BP has a love for the culture. Willing to prove himself as an Artist, he doesn’t feel pressure just because he is white. With references like Mac Miller, BP sees himself as a lyricist, rapper, and hip hop artist. His work ranges from the specific composition of the rhyme to a distinct feeling and emotion into the rhyme, and the ability to express the different characters of hip hop culture in dress and speech beyond the rhyme.
You think too Much: His rhyme caught a nice melody over Drakes’ “Too Much” remix. Keeping the original hook, he spoke about his mother’s absence. She left when he was just 13. Eldest of 3 sons he grew up fast to help his Dad maintain the household. BP was first introduced to rap by his Uncle. “Cleaning out my Closet” by Enimem was the turning point as he coped with the betrayal by his mom.
I Know Who I am Who Are You? and No Pressure No Diamonds were my least favorite. Very boring and redundant, the hooks were choppy making the verses sloppy. He quickly redeemed himself with We Been On, Rescue Me (S.O.L.) and Check Dat Ass.
Murder Business - Young Havok Ft B.P.: One the best collaborations yet. Havok contacted BP on twitter. After exchanging music, Havok decided to put BP on the track. They put a more raw and aggressive tone to the Iggy Azalea and T.I. namesake. BP’s feature came out strong and fluid, though he sounds like Enimen when rapping fast. BP says “ I always thought the faster you could rap, the better you were. It required more muscle memory in your tongue. This is technique he would revisit over the bluesy production of Killin' em With Kindness.
So Bout It Bout It: Can only be described as a hip hop slow jam. A very old school feel, believed to be the one the track that propels BP. He used very little autotune and never intended to put it on the mixtape. Power of the P! Two ladies encouraged him to do so after getting a taste of it during a listening session.
WE GIVE IT 3 OUT OF 5 CROWNS!