Mostack is a rapper who I have always heard about and also seen his name about on link up tv and SBTV and whatnot. I’ve only really listened to the north London rapper on features on which he’s usually good. With a the release of a Mixtape as well as selling out his headline show at the 02 Academy Islington I felt this is the perfect time to review someone up and coming riding a wave of momentum.
With lots of jokes in his bars, A willingness to make fun of himself, afrobeat influences in his music and mannerisms, Catchy flow and hooks as well as being able to balance that with a hard street edge Mostack instantly reminded of J Hus which is great as he features on Why would you lie to me in which both have street raps over a dark menacing beat. Mostack has a solid verse however J Hus is in full road mode on this and murders this beat. The one thing however with is there may be a few too many ad libs in mostacks verse however that is such a small nitpick and it doesn’t hurt the song too much.
Stop Lying Pt.2, I just wanna Tango, Fuck this generation, I do are the tracks on this for the people who aren’t fans of the sing-song style or the jokes. These songs are hard and having them on the mixtape gives it the perfect edge. Theres just hard bars throughout these tracks.
I remember ft Scammy and Should Know ft Jiggz are both tough tracks with the first one having an amazing chorus and an energy. The latter track literally had me with my eyes closed just bopping my head along. Both featured artists are actually showcased on these tracks and they deliver and leaving you want to hear more from them.
He in my opinion is at his strongest when being introspective and just being himself. He shows you don’t need crazy flow or really complex ways to say your story. On Let’s get Away and Pornhub & Cream with the latter track being a celebratory track show how much has changed for him and it feels so natural there’s no bragging about ridiculous wealth. The beat on the latter track is simple and works quite well. However there is a small problem with the auto tune singing in the backgreound of the track but it is just a nitpick.
For an artist who uses a lot jokes you would be forgiven for thinking he wouldn’t be able to handle a deep subject. However on Shot by the Police Man & Blud! Stop The Violence he does it in way that shows you don’t need to be an educated conscious rapper to tackle these subjects effectively. On the first track he tackles the problem of police and racism something he speaks of from his own experience. By using his own experience only it radiates with the listener on a more personal level especially if you are young and black. On the second track he speaks on gang crime. There’s two lines from this that stick out to me in this track
“You know what’s funny, I moan about black and black crime but when I see my enemies ima have to hurt somebody”
“How we ever gonna prosper if we keep sending brothers to the doctors”
The instrumentals on both tracks convey the deepness of the topics perfectly.
My Cocaina Ft Ekeno & Estelle LaVaud is a good solid track lyrically however I’m loving the beat so much that there is times when im just enjoying the beat and not really paying to the lyrics. I honestly could listen to this beat by itself which is a compliment to the producer who created it. Ekeno has a good voice that sounds like the early 2000’s for some reason. Estelle LaVaud gets a verse on this and the first thing I thought it’s that she reminds me of early Tinashe. Her voice is good if a little bit unoriginal.
Getting Shot Was a Blessing
What is effectively a freestyle is such a good song and just works. The acoustic guitar accents his story. His bizarre break in the middle when he starts singing is so chilled and relaxed that you just have to enjoy it.
On the tracks fuck your Man, Tonights your night and Feeling like stormzy there is small problems throughout them however through the sheer force of personality he makes up for it.
What starts as a typical road song. He starts rapping about the usual i.e. Big batty gyals, taking other people’s girls etc. It sounds good if a bit unoriginal in topic and then the track switches completely. It switches to a guy a crying about dishonesty from his girl. He laments that he doesn’t trust anybody anymore after this betrayal. All whilst using delivery that sounds like he just seen his girl cheating. The instrumental changes as well from typical street banger to a solemn piano laced track. This is the moment that I realised this guy is good like really good. At first I listened to this track and thought it was a tad bizarre within the context of the other tracks up to this point. However the next track is what made me clear on what i think about him.
Murder ft Moelogo
The intro of this song is a continuation of the last with him still crying about the girl leaving him. The song begins with the three words “Nah Fuck That”. This is modern man’s break up song. No tears, no stories just going out afterwards to forget about it. Now onto the song it is a BANGER ! This should be getting played everywhere around the country. It has a banging beat that makes you wanna dance. I love everything about this song. His bars, Delivery, Flow all work even when he starts singing it works perfectly. Now onto Moelogo his verse is fire and the afrobeat stylings just put this song over the top. It was during this song where I officially declared myself a Mostack fan.
Wow just wow
This guy has momentum and Buzz, He 100 % percent deserves it. He just needs to keep doing what he is doing. When you start listening to him you can’t help noticing the j hus comparisons. But they are just stylistic similarities. Honestly I’m finding it hard to say anything more positive about the guy
Honestly If you get the chance listen to his mixtape. If I was in London I would definitely trying to go to his next show. Without Knowing much about him beforehand I am so happy to have found an artist to look forward to hearing their new music.
I have honestly become a big fan from this so hopefully he keeps it up.
Flow – 9/10
Lyricism – 8.5/10
Beats/ Production – 9/10
Songcraft – 9/10
Concept/ Originality 9/10