Monday, 23 January 2012

MIXTAPE REVIEW: Papo - 'Knowledge is Papo (The Arrival)'

In the last couple of weeks I've been introduced to Joe aka Papo who released his first mixtape last week (15 January 2012). 'Knowledge is Papo (The Arrival)' is a 12 track mixtape with a variety of Hip-Hop tracks.
There is the already YouTube popular 'I'm On', a smooth tell tale of London life growing up in the 'endz' to the cheeky and naughtier lyrics found on 'Dirty Deeds' and 'Roll, Bang, Giggle'.  Papo has kept his London accent spraying life related lyrical themes with a voice that can definitely flow well over a beat or two. The overall compilation of this mixtape reminds me of late 90's, early noughties, underground US Hip-Hop defined by artists like Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Q Tip.

UrbanVoice UK Opinion: I'm always a bit skeptical of UK Hip-Hop artists as it is very difficult to be unique, true to your background and British all at the same time - something that very few British artists can accomplish. Papo delivers a well-rounded underground hip-hop style that has original touches throughout the mixtape with a fresh and UK inspired storyline - THANK GOD!  Papo is not imitating here and for a first mixtape, it is a good one. It is the honest 'Boy To A Man' track that brought a smile to my face and makes me want to hear more about Papo. You can see that Papo has been working hard and intends to send a mature flow through the speakers. This mixtape is well worth the download.  I will watch this space with Papo as I believe that there is more to come from this London Rapper.

UrbanVoice UK Score: 3.5 (Definitely recommended)

You can dowload Papo's mixtape here:

Follow Papo on Twitter: @thatguypapo
Check out Papo on YouTube here

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