In Review: slowthai - 'MAZZA' feat. A$AP Rocky
Northampton-based rapper slowthai is on the warpath. With his sophomore album TYRON out next month, he’s dropped a string of singles throughout the lockdown. Songs ‘nhs’ and ‘feel away’ have been decidedly more low-key releases, sitting on the more laidback second half of TYRON. ‘MAZZA’ - featuring A$AP Rocky - is the opposite.
Yes, Tyron Frampton continues his compelling foray into introversion, but the soundtrack is energised, more alert. A dazed synth waves over the dense trap production as both artists hit with gusto. “Suicidal tendencies, what's up, man? / Feel like I'm down, I say "What's up?” is rapped with a drawling swagger as Frampton delves into his state of mind. He fights depressive thoughts while comparing his past and present selves.
Meanwhile, A$AP Rocky takes over the second verse with more glamorous content. Shouting out contemporaries Tyler, the Creator and Pop Smoke, he brags of both commercial and personal successes. It’s fiery, animated and neither verse outstays their welcome.
With less than a month until the release of TYRON, slowthai has generated a considerable amount of attention for his upcoming album. His fire-and-brimstone verse last year on Disclosure’s drugged-out fever dream ‘My High’ was career-defining stuff. With samples of both TYRON’s extroverted and introverted sides, we can now safely assume that this release is going to garner plenty of attention in 2021.
TYRON is out on 5th February via Method Records.