Aside from the awesomeness of that let’s get down to the actual record itself. The first thing that sprung to mind upon listening to “Unleashed..” is the realism. Now I know there are a million and ten rappers out there “keeping it real” (yeah real dumb) but this really is realist hip-hop in its purest form. Jesse James has pretty much seen and down it all by the sounds of this mixtape. Robbing banks, getting banged up the whole nine yards. The thing however that makes him so different and original is unlike all those radio rappers out there taking your little sister’s pocket money, Jesse never once makes an attempt to glamourise or promote the darker side of street life. He simply tells the story of how and why these things have happened to both him and his friends; if anything the darker and grittier the record becomes the more he constantly reminds you where he now is. Which leads me to the next part! Dude’s currently behind bars but yet manages to record freestyles entitled “Prison Tapes Freestyle”. There’s 3 in total and some of my favourite tracks on the album simply because they’re grimey, dirty and some DIY goodness. Plus they’re all catchy as fuck!
Jesse James main influences on “Unleashed..” are hip-hop and grime and he does a good job of mixing these two genres up with a healthy dose of Jamaican patois sounding vocals, despite being from South London it is refreshing to hear a different take on the vocals. Not to say he’s the only one out there doing it because we all know he’s not, but none the less I thought he did a better job than most. I can’t be doing with faux Jamaican accents from kids who once flew over the Caribbean but never actually had any other attachment to the place. “Big Belt” is a good example of how he mixes the British and the patois perfectly with a simple but catchy beat and well versed flow.
To me it’s nice to finally hear a record by a rapper that whilst hasn’t been the straightest living dude on the planet, still has no time to talk about materialism or bitches. This is a dark and grimey release, but there in lies its charm. The tracks are tight and well written, the flows are banging and if you want to listen to some real street level hip-hop than look no further.
Recommended if you like: Hearing Tricksta’s sexy voice! Logic, Black The Ripper.
01 – Tricksta Intro
02 – The Stickiest
03 – Yelafavela (Prod. by Uz man)
04 – Get Along Feat. Mad Max
05 – Traffic Light Up
06 – Prison Tape Freestyle #1
07 – Get The Money Out (Madness) (Prod. by Leezy fro Noizee House)
08 – F All Da BS (Prod. by Grizzy for Rebellious Empire)
09 – Prison Or The Grave (Prod. by Fuse for O.D.G)
10 – G.M.T (Prod. by Grizzy for Rebellious Empire)
11 – Blackberry Scriptures Part 1 (Prod. by Grizzy for Rebellious Empire)
12 – Prison Tape Freestyle #2
13 – How Real It Is (Prod. by Mikey Page for L.M.S)
14 – Big Belt (Prod. by Mikey Page for L.M.S)
15 – Renegade Freestyle
16 – Roll Up
17 – Reverse Cowgirl
18 – Prison Tape Freestyle #3
19 – Sutten 2 Say (Prod. by Fuse for O.D.G)
20 – Cocabutta Freestyle
21 – Blackberry Scriptures Part 2
22 – The System Feat Kruga (Prod. by Myklos & Jesse James)
23 – Realist Verse
24 – Nitelite (Prod. by Grizzy for Rebellious Empire)
25 – Underground King
26 – Triggaman
27 – New Wild West Feat. Lock & Load (Prod. by J. Brown for Step-In-Deep)
28 – Tricksta Outro