Slough’s hottest export, Byron, is back with the highly anticipated third edition of his mixtape series, Deep Lyrics, Dirty Beats…
Hosted exclusively on SBTV.co.uk, the mixtape boasts features from the likes of Dot Rotten, Ghetts, Wariko and Romo, to name just a few.
Although certainly a continuation of the gritty beats and self-aware rhymes featured on previous projects, this new tape offers up seven fresh cuts laced with a dose of extra bass to ensure you’ll be kept satisfied throughout.
Blurring the lines between dubstep, grime and hip hop, the production aids Byron to flow effortlessly over the filthy beats from beginning to end. Attacking each track with his trademark, venomous, and often humorous style, he articulates much of his present frustrations with life, music and heartache perfectly.
Production duties are predominantly handled by Chris Loco who has also executively produced this mixtape. His recent credits include the likes of Emeli Sande and Rita Ora.
With the majority of tracks being well thought out and structured songs, you may be forgiven for thinking Byron may not be cut out for destroying a beat with straight bars any more. However, you’d most definitely be wrong. The emcee comes in to his element when letting off some steam on tracks such as El Presidente Freestyle, a track filled with 100% bars and no hook — catering for the tastes of all of his supporters.
Other highlight tracks to look out for include lead-single, Secrets – which features two truly outstanding verses from Dot Rotten and Ghetts – alongside the bass-fueled, Forget Me Now, and deeply hearfelt, Love For Me.
All in all, Deep Lyrics, Dirty Beats 3 is a well-rounded project, displaying the positive progression of Byron, as both an emcee and artist, since his last effort. Displaying raw energy, witty and intelligent lyricism and spot-on delivery, it’s sure to be a welcome addition to your iTunes library.
Grab your free download of Deep Lyrics, Dirty Beats 3 here.
Reviewed by Ash Houghton