After a big 2013, High Focus continue their barrage of releases into the new year with the latest being ‘Be Vary Aware’ from one of the labels less flamboyant, but equally talented characters, BVA.
Fans of the rapper will remember his long time association with fellow HF member and long time friend Leaf Dog, as well as his co starring role in the Four Owls highly acclaimed debut album ‘Natures Greatest Mystery’, and will have been awaiting this release eagerly.
The album will not disappoint fans of the High Focus sound, with some banging beats supplied throughout by Illinformed and Leaf Dog, (as well as Amdek on the intoxication anthem ‘Crazy Trips’ featuring Leaf Dog.) BVA comes with a mixture of brash bravado and contemplative lyrics and covers a range of topics successfully throughout the 17 track project.
With a confident and easy to follow flow BVA discusses his love for music on ‘This Love is Love’, his disdain for egomaniacs both within the music scene and life in general on ‘Hype Man’, love for his favourite poison on ‘Weapon Of Choice’ (which features tight guest verses from Dirty Dike and Kashmere) and generally being sick on the Verb -T assisted ‘Gifted’.
Personal favourites include ‘Let Me Relax In My Cave’ featuring Smellington Piff (and a tasty horn lead Leaf Dog beat,) the previously mentioned ‘This love Is Love’ and ‘Weapon Of Choice’, and ‘Am I Going Crazy’.
This is a solid release with a good range of topics, some tight guest verses and some excellent production, and the honest subject matters will more than likely ring a bell with more than some listeners. Fans of BVA who have been waiting for this will not be disappointed.
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BVA – Be Very Aware (ALBUM MINI MIX)
BVA – I Can’t Hear You (Prod. Leaf Dog)
BVA – This Love is Love (Prod. Leaf Dog) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
HF TV – BVA (EXCLUSIVE BARS)
BVA – We Carry On (Prod. Leaf Dog)
BVA – Insomnileptic (Prod. Illinformed) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]