M-Huncho – 48 Hours

Over the recent years we’ve had an onslaught of talent rise from the depths of the British underground. A largely diverse range of sounds have popped up here and there, and some have gone on to taste success while others have withered away with just one hit. However, we can all agree that the UK scene is nothing like what it used to be 10 years ago. M Huncho is part of the segment of artists rising up and maintaining their wave. It’s been a year since he sprung on to the scene via an episode of Mad About Bars with DJ Kenny Allstar describing his sound as ‘slick’. And he isn’t wrong at all, M Huncho is a North London rapper captivating listeners and making music for the sake of art. Why do you think he’s got the mask on for? 48 Hours is his latest release and is an eight track EP that was crafted in 48 Hours at the studio.

This year is all about elevation (word to M Huncho) and it seems like we could possibly see him embark on a journey to become an established act rather than ‘one to watch out for in 2018’. 48 Hours opens up with Too Close, M Huncho’s intro is solemn and serves as a prelude to a bigger story. It’s silent at first, but once the gradual wavering chimes develop into a percussively charged beat it goes full circle. “Keep a shawshank that I call Freeman” he chimes in and with each drum hit follows a cryptic message that strictly a keen listener can decode. He affirms, coldly, that he has bigger plans and isn’t really down for the clout, just the money. 

You might be familiar with the second track Elevation, which premiered in a Westwood Crib Session. Its classic, off-beat production is brought to life with rhythmic strums and a touch of bass. While it’s an enjoyable listen, M Huncho isn’t one to shy away from his truth, a lot of self-reflection is present on the EP.

On the third track, Come Up, the vibe changes and M gets into his element. The contents vary from grinding unceasingly to smoking copious amounts of weed, but never is the masked rapper afraid to veer off into a stream of consciousness. “Against my own people like Ruckus” he raps, as he weighs his persona to the self-hating fictional character Uncle Ruckus of Boondocks. In light of recent events, this harsh comparison serves as a reflection of the times we’re currently living in with the rise news reports on knife crime. Again, it’s very telling of the life experiences of young men growing up in a dog-eat-dog society.

We finally reach the climax of 48 Hours with the polarising track I Ain’t Fussed. It’s a heavy-hitting effort which sees M Huncho charge through gusty production which hits harder than any previous track. On the hook, M clearly states that he isn’t concerned with daily events. Money, friends and hoes. They’re all part of the cycle that just comes and goes.  If you doubt this then you’d end up outraged when he reveals that he blew all of his student loan during freshers. Oh well, I guess it’s back to the trap for now.

Following on from the climatic I Ain’t Fussed cut M Huncho draws on Yung Bush, who featured on his last tape, to assist him on the sixth track MoodA strong exchange between two rappers who share chemistry that becomes clear upon my third listen. Although, Yung Bush’s contribution is short and snappy, it’s sharp enough to leave a lasting impression. At that very moment, M Huncho unapologetically delves into his signature ‘Trapwave’ sound and delivers a rhythmic flow that sits well. I’m six tracks deep into the project and I’m trying not to find any fault with 48 Hours, yet I can’t help but notice the similarities in the production. It becomes apparent that the EP was definitely created in the space of two days. There isn’t much of a stark difference between tracks like Come Up and Council Flats, the former dulls the impact of the other. I guess that just comes with the pressure of making a project in a short space of time.

Calm Days boats M Huncho’s finest assets; his voice and free-flowing delivery. If, like me, you find yourself over-indulging in the rapid wisp of production then you may have just fallen victim to his hypnotic cadence. The periodic keys add a ghastly element and heighten the thrill of the experience. It feels like you’ve arrived at the end of a roller coaster ride, but it’s a facade and now you’ve got to stick around for one more round. The project closes with Sport (Outro) which marks the end to a project that has been quite and eye-opener especially one that showcases multiple angles of the secretive rapper. It isn’t one you can anticipate from the onset and, even though the balaclava sporting rapper refrains from the limelight, he bares all on 48 Hours.

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May 28
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