ALC #14 - Wild West by Central Cee

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  • Posted: 05/03/2021 06:40
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Wild West by Central Cee

Unashamedly clean and poppy drill. I just think this kid has something special. The beats come straight from the Craig David school of immediately hummable Vauxhall Nova anthems. This matches UK drill's wobbly, hyperkinetic basslines to the sorts of melodic acoustic guitar flourishes that used to enhance the poppier side of UK garage, and Cee meshes a dry sense of humour and genuine star-quality with drill's unapologetically nihilist urges and tales of drug-dealing. It's fidgety and bouncy, but still inherently street. His charisma will carry him far; the kid's a natural.

(I was never really here.)
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  • Posted: 05/03/2021 20:18
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I was looking forward to your album pick, and this didn't disappoint.

Totally agree on the beats and backing instrumentals (while I don't get the references, I do agree that they're "immediately hummable"). Agree about the humor.

Gotta say I haven't listened to too many rap/hip-hop albums this year so this was a welcome change from what I've mostly been listening to. It wasn't my favorite but I agree that this is a really solid debut album (or mixtape) and I'll definitely be looking forward to any future releases from Cee.
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  • Posted: 05/03/2021 20:21
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Another one for the queue Smile


Must admit, these first few months of 2021 have felt unusually dry for hip-hop albums. Think I've only heard maybe six, and half fell flat. Hoping it picks up.
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  • Posted: 05/04/2021 14:19
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This is a cool one. Didn't really love it, but the beats were really fun, the acoustic fills in the background and UK bass elements were both great additions. And Cee is a decent rapper with a flow that fits perfectly with the polished but still hard trap beats. It's also more than manageable at 39 minutes.
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I’ve been coming back to this on a semi regular basis since it came out, I have to admit it’s highly addictive. How so, you may ask. What immediately strikes me here is the contrast between production/rapping and lyrics. The production doesn’t go super hard at any point, it comfortably lies on the poppier end of the spectrum. (When it does go the extra mile, for example in Loading, I can’t say I loved it that much to be honest). The rapping follows a similar direction, his flow is shiny and digestible, a bit cool/distant too, it’s as if he tries to avoid emotional involvement, giving the impression of being a mere narrator rather than the protagonist. If you found the aforementioned departments underwhelming or lacking a punch, that’s where the lyrics come into play and we get to see the whole picture. The most plausible explanation for their safe approach is that it’s more accessible/friendly to the masses, plus they might feel that it plays to his strengths and allows him to shine the brightest, another factor that is worth mentioning and points to the same idea is that there is not a single guest, but I ‘d like to think it goes beyond that and this polarity so to speak is a deliberate decision to further emphasise the lyrical content. Anyway, back to the lyrics. Rough and gloomy, yet driven and confident, the themes he deals with are rather common, but he puts his stamp on it, not to mention he can really tell a story. One thing that I find slightly puzzling is that, despite not being particularly diverse, it feels more like a collection of songs than a “proper” album, it’s hardly anything more than the sum of its parts. But then again, I can’t complain too much, as those parts are great, 6 for 6 is a song of the year candidate.
To sum it up, this belongs in the “extremely promising but not quite there yet" category - not to diminish the enjoyability of this one, but it's clear he has the potential to improve. An artist to watch out for.
On a side note, I guess it's somewhat expected, since it's not exactly BEA's favourite genre, but I wish this received a bit more attention round these parts.
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