Veteran UK emcee Wordsmiff FLIP and the highly respected Portsmouth, UK underground emcee Spitfire link together to become The Otha Guys in this dope album from the duo released on Sika Records.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Wordsmiff FLIP drop a fresh release. In the past couple of years we’ve been treated to brief glimpses of this talented emcee with guest features for various artists and this is how the relationship first struck up with Spitfire. The South Coast emcee is a big fan of Wordzy like a lot of us and managed to get him to feature on a couple of his solo projects and once the two of them linked the creation of The Otha Guys began.
A lot of love and hard work went into creating this release they came up with most of the concepts just by trading ideas and selecting beats that suited the mood. The album features dope production from Hozay, Ns1, Towa and the don that is DJ Jabbathakut laying down the cuts.
Spitfire brought most of the recording equipment to Wordsmiff’s house and would stay for a few days at a time, so it was written and recorded in Wordzy’s everyday surroundings, which is something I really respect, it’s not verses flying backwards and forwards via emails. This working relationship adds to the chemistry of the two emcees evident in the hooks and gives the album a natural vibe.
The record begins with an intro of Spitfire pestering Wordsmiff FLIP with the many names/nicknames he’s been known as, with Spitfire finally asking the question which many people have asked “Bout time you put something out bruv innit?” to which Wordzy replies “Alright Fuck it!”……..
The album then slides into one of my favourite joints on the album Wordsmiff FLIP’s solo effort ‘Acid Test’ as he declares from the jump off “Don’t need no introduction” and goes in to the killer flow and lyricism we’ve come to expect with a dope hook over Hozay’s soulful boom bap banger.
Then we jump into the title track ‘T.O.G’ with Spitfire’s opening verse with a message for other emcees “They couldn’t rock a crowd, if we gave them a bag of bricks” as the two trade flawless verses that demonstrate their pencraft and delivery. The track is accompanied by a dope visual directed by Oliver Whitehouse for Sektion Red.
‘Classic Days’ is another Hozay produced banger as Spitfire opens up paying homage to the golden era boom bap sound and reminicising coming up through the scene, again like the other tracks yet another dope hook. Then we get to Wordzy’s verse where he addresses the naming rights issues he had with the US rapper Wordsmith (Fuck that dude), and deals with it with a perfect response. I’m not going into the specifics, but listen to the verse carefully and all is revealed.
The bangers keep coming with the Ns1 produced joint ‘When The Penny Drops’ rather than me writing about how dope it is it take it in for yourselves here with another video again from Sektion Red http://www.SektionRed.com
Moving swiftly on as the pace of the album continues to the track ‘My World Is’, Wordsmiff addresses all the people chatting gas, or people who have said things about him in the past, the Hip Hop rumour mill of beef and general haters that seem common for a lot of artists, but Wordzy soon puts those doubters in their place. Spitfire’s verse comes at a different angle as he talks about trying to juggle music and a 9-5, trying to do things independently and getting himself heard.
‘Self Made Serenade’ is yet another banger this time produced by Spitfire’s Portsmouth homie Towa and yet more dope cuts as featured throughout the album from Jabbathakut and the final track ‘The Last Request’ is Spitfire’s solo effort where he speaks about the battle to be heard and to those that think they are owed something without putting in the work, again with killer cuts from Jabbathakut the album then completes with the Outro, a live audio of these two talented emcees closing out a show.
The Otha Guys was released back in March, so if you’ve slept on this you have no excuse now, as many of you know the site has been out of action for some time, but this has always been one release I’ve fully wanted to rep on the site once we were up and running again. Apologies to Spitfire, Wordsmiff FLIP and the team at Sika Records for the time it’s taken to get this great release up on the site.
The CD has been rinsed in the car since Spitfire hooked me up with it. The only criticism i have and it’s a selfish one, I wish it was longer with more tracks! I cant stress how much I like this whole project. As solo artists I’m a big fan of them both and this is such a dope collaboration. From artwork, production, cuts, graf and videos this album is bursting full of Hip Hop.
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