After his well received UK Runnings mixtape ‘Partly Fledged’ dropped back in May, our HHLAT brother Nephilim is back with his second release of 2015 with his new EP “I’m Just Not Sure Anymore”, produced entirely by Scottish label Burgh Records.
Nephilim aka Neppy has been performing on stages from Bristol to London this year and has performed at a number of Beats & Bars events across the country too. To add to that Nephilim has also become a member of Unit 731 a group which consists of selected producers & artists with a variety of different skills.
Towards the end of the summer Nephilim had heard some instrumentals that he liked and hit up myself and Tricksta up to see if we knew anyone at Burgh Records, I gave him a contact name and pointed him in the right direction intrigued how it would pan out….
So here we have it the result of that collaboration “I’m Just Not Sure Anymore” a 6 track EP with atmospheric head nodding production and a EP that really examines the psyche of Nephilim as he has an introspective look at himself. The opening joint starts with dreamy production before boom bap drums kick in as Nephilim looks for a way out of the grind of life and the pressures that come with it looking for an ‘Escape’
‘Greebos’ is a joint where Neppy looks back and reflects on the passing of time from crazy teenage years to being a parent and how true friends remain true friends no matter how many years pass. With the track ‘Speak’ Nephilim airs his frustrations for the everyday man making his way in life, struggling but standing up for what you believe in and making your voice heard demonstrated perfectly in the hook “They say if you wanna speak the you better claim your voice/ But even then if you don’t agree they don’t wanna hear your noise”
‘Note To Self’ begins with heavy drums and dark haunting strings as Nephilim really breaks himself down and gets inside his head examining his own frailties and insecurities, that if were all honest with ourselves we all carry similar doubts an insecurities. The track ‘Stricken’ continues with the dark theme with Nephilim examining being at your lowest, looking for that spark to reignite life. Then we finish with the upbeat reggae/dub vibe of ‘The Return’ with Singer Dread featuring on the hook, this is a complete flip to the previous joint with Nephilim finding that spark and getting back on track with positivity that finishes this journey of emotions and inner most thoughts through the EP.
Nephilim has raised his game on so many levels with this EP. “I’m Just Not Sure Anymore” is like opening a page of his diary and getting a piece of his most intimate thoughts, he’s not like many rappers we have here in the UK there is a rare honesty and uniqueness to the way he articulates his thoughts.
As for delivery, flow and lyrics he’s showing yet further development switching flows up mid verse and proves to anyone out there trying to make it out there as a rapper, that the best way to develop and hone your craft is LIVE shows. You can be the sickest rapper in the studio and had a million free download releases, but nothing really compares to rocking a crowd and building a connection with an audience seeing how they react to your lyrics.
Nephilim has grown in confidence this year and it’s clearly evident in his music, he has really set the benchmark high for himself with this dope release, but don’t take my word for it stream and download “I’m Just Not Sure Anymore” here….
Entirely produced by Burgh Records.
Mixed and mastered by White Key (Unit 731)
Artwork; Shane Sharpe
Nephilim will be performing some joints from “I’m Just Not Sure Anymore” at the Beats & Bars Event in Birmingham this evening
Alfie Birds, 78 Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AT
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