Release Date: Nov 20, 2020
Record label: Sony Music
Genre(s): Rap, British Rap, UK Drill, Drill, Afroswing
Harlem Spartan-repping Loski is UK drill's original Cool Kid, building his name off street anthems such as DJ Khaled, Hazards and Teddy Bruckshot. The cold braggadocios and menace of those early cuts didn't distract from the fact that Loski is a very skilled rapper, in any genre, with an effortless laidback flow. Growing up is not easy. We all make mistakes, and depending on your environment, those mistakes can have life-impacting consequences.
With his debut album, Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story, comes an ambitious musical mission statement which aims to dismantle negative preconceptions surrounding the burgeoning UK drill scene. While this may be an admirable goal, the album's title is a misnomer of sorts - a sizable portion of the LP falls into the UK rap category, with Loski even dabbling in afro-bashment on songs like "2AM" and the Davido-featuring "Naija". To his credit, it works: the jaunty rap joints, produced by heavyweights like Steel Banglez and Eminem collaborator Mike Elizondo, are a welcome departure from the sliding sub-bass which doggedly dominates the lion's share of the project, serving as an unspoken concession that even during a landmark year for drill, an entire album of gloomy productions may still be some way off from having mass appeal.