Lee Hawthorn

Review: Conscript – Evasive

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As a lad who posts more about his football bets than his music, Newcastle based rapper Conscript typifies what is the single most annoying thing about creators of local Hip Hop music – the lack of self-promotion. It’s a pitfall of almost all rappers residing in the North East and releasing music right now, but I’m yet to see anyone else use their limited efforts of promotion on the social network by mentioning random celebrities, from Geordie Shore stars, to Grime veterans and radio stations.

There’s always the argument that he’s just making music as a hobby or for a bit of fun, but his Facebook page insinuates otherwise, and the glimpses of talent on his new release begs that he takes it more seriously.

Past records, Making A Scene and Twin Calibur, featuring Smooth Jezza over The Throne’s Niggas In Paris beat, showcased a high level of capability in terms of songwriting. Not only a deft skill with lyricism, but also the structural styles that are showcased within the majority of his music. The new track, Evasive, typifies the highs and lows of Conscript’s talent, which depending on your focus, ranges between the extremes. Fortunately, the Geordie rapper’s pitfalls are reasonably easily fixed.

The main issue that belittles the rating of Evasive is the lack of mic presence. His voice is what could work in his favour, as despite the even-more-so-than-usual ambivalent accent, it could definitely stand out among others within the local circuit. He just has to find a way to enunciate clearer, command a listeners ear and then, his undoubtable ability to curate captivating rhyme schemes and the wordplay that is weaved within will take to the forefront.

The pop-fuelled instrumentation, radio-friendly hook and Hip Hop credible lyricism in the verses are all well and good, but to get to the next level, we need to feel the necessity to listen. Currently there’s a temptation to become distracted by anything else going on, and it’s a shame considering the spectacular skill on hand. With a little more thought into his social media presence, he might not have to tag a plethora of Facebook friends, and D-listers to get his music out there – because it’s a few tweaks away from being strong enough to promote itself. The rhyme schemes are crazy, the braggadocios claims are captivating but it’s all rendered pointless if the delivery isn’t up to scratch.


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