|JVF Clique - First Born LP [JVF Clique]
JVF touch on familiar territory with ‘Where we’re from’, the mandatory track for any hip hop act representing their ends. Chief breaks it down precisely for those not familiar with the area: “Junction 21, the M1”.
Chief and Nipper flip their flow from alternate verses to back to back bars on tracks like ‘Hand to Hand Combat’. Some of their verses sometimes don’t flow very well though, and sound like they have just strung as many rhymes together in each line, such as on ‘The Villain’. The beat on this track is ominous, but it feels like the beat is riding the Nipper and Chief instead of the other way round.
There is some good production on this album, courtesy of Pappa Dan, especially on tracks like ‘Intro Flows’ and ‘Another day’ which is probably the best beat on the album. Some of the samples don’t work that well though, such as the western sample in ‘Evil Speak’ and the sample from Jaws in ‘Great White Killers’ which just sounds a bit corny.
Nipper gets a chance to speak for himself on his solo track, ‘Kill The Government” where he rips into amongst others, the Prime Minister: “Got some bullshit, Tone will tell it’ and “Evidence of torture, give him some credit, he never read it”. Nipper speaks his mind about the people running the country, and doesn’t pull any punches.
Chief’s solo track, ‘Another Day’, a story about the daily struggles of life, and trying to make it in the hip hop game is the standout tune of the album. A haunting piano loop is the perfect platform for Chief to discuss everyday life in all its depressing glory.
JVF have made a solid album without bringing anything highly original to the table. The album has some good beats, but some are just mediocre. Sometimes Nipper and Chief seem to be competing with the beats to be heard. As far as the good points are concerned though, JVF Clique are a group that aren’t scared to speak their minds and are flying the flag for the Midlands.
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