Review: Muzza – Boring Thort
Backed by production from Indecence, Geordie rapper Muzza drops off a single from his Spastic Narrative EP. Borin Thort is an assault of never-ending polysyllabic rhyme schemes that, at times, begs comparisons to Eminem’s opening to the Shady 2.0 BET Cypher. Similarly to Slim’s contributions to the recent SHADY XV compilation album, the rhymes are impressive, the wordplay is notable and the song as a whole sounds pretty good – but behind the smoke and mirrors, there’s very little in terms of substance.
Indecence’s moody instrumental lays the foundation for a selection of sublime bars that, at first glance, seem bridged together effortlessly by Muzza. After looking beyond the commanding mic presence and flawless flow, the cracks begin to show as a number of words that rhyme together without much twisting are forced into an almost nonsensical sentence. Sure, it’s great to see a North East MC with such a capability of polysyllabic rhyming patterns but, the technical side to songwriting should always play second fiddle to the message embedded within, and as far as I can tell, Borin Thort is devoid of any message at all.
The track is perhaps tellingly titled, but as a track intended for an impending EP, there’s no excuse of it being a throwaway cut, used only to show off and flex this particular skill. Hip Hop was born out of the Civil Rights movement, and has remained a medium to act as a voice for the voiceless – and it’s a shame to see Muzza waste his talent on making music without meaning. Imagine the same level of dexterity with rhyme schemes but with substance-stacked lyricism. Muzza has a distinct, undeniable talent with the technical side, but seemingly lacks the passion to use that to speak on societal, cultural or even personal issues. Should he find the desire to match his talent with making statements of note, then he could very easily prove himself as one of the best emcees from the North East.