Certified Fire By



I can admit I have been a Jafro fan from afar and slowly I have been admiring Jafro’s rise on the grime scene. With my first time hearing him on red bull’s grime a side to then watching his freestyles here and there.

My first impression of course was that this nerdy looking kid with glasses has some hard bars but that was about it. However on the 27th of march something happened which i think in the grand scheme of things will be looked at as the turning point of his career, His Blackbox freestyle was released.

Honestly to say it was fire is a massive understatement it starts differently with a patios singing hook then evolves into legendary status. I really don’t want to say too much as I truly implore anyone who reads this to have a listen.

In my opinion its top 3 blackbox freestyles. so check it out if you haven’t already

So this made me interested in writing an article about his music. Luckily for me he has released an ep this year Called Rib

Holy fuck man this ep is so good, I definitely wasn’t expecting this at all.

Lets start on the first track Ola, an acoustic guitar laced song which reminds me of an old wyclef tune. Also jafro shows off his singing chops which is surprisingly really good. Such a chilled song definitely one for sunshine

The next track on the ep is also the best it is titled R.I.P Prince so i thought it was gonna a sentimental track about a friend or family member but no it is a Prince Tribute. Twinged with Synth heavy 80’s funk like backing, Jafro sings in a falsetto which he pulls off so confidently. This track is definitely up there with Bruno mars 24k Magic in terms of that roger and zapp aesthetic.

The next two tracks Venus & Mars and Don’t Make Me are RnB/Rap Hybrids in which he shows the strength of his artistry as well as his musical maturity. His can sing so well it makes me wonder if he was a singer before he started rapping. The tracks also dont feel like obligatory Tunes for the gal dem (yeah I do realise even on text i can’t pull off that sentence)

The next track Eh Nah im not sure if it’s a song or a musical skit. Its still really interesting how he works really strong bars in an obvious song which he is fucking about. funnily enough though the bars on this track are the best in just straight rap terms. The beat is also a classic garage beat that is remixed and i can’t remember what it is.

The next track I Can Tell is on a summery Afroswing type beat. this song is wavy it is just so chilled makes you wanna sit in the sun with friends and enjoy a few cold ones.

The final track’s Coma Abacaxi instrumental sounds like something produced by the alien producer Wonda. on this track he is rapping towards a female but with the swagger and confidence of a mid 2000’s rnb singer


See because this series is only about music I will put it into bullet points why this piece of work i enjoy

  • Variety
  • Good Bars
  • Catchy as Fuck
  • Progression as an artist
  • Risk taking

But seriously Jafro is so talented its actually maddening that monotonous as fuck drill music is getting so much shine. But seriously check out the project and show support to Jafro


Mostack – GWB In-depth Review

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.

It’s Over

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.

Final Thoughts

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

 Final Grade




Aystar – Scousematic

Having never really listened to an artist from liverpool before I had no idea what to expect. From the name of the mixtape however I guessed it was gonna be typical gang/street B.S. and boy was I right.  What we have here is a 16 track mixtape that at times drags.


On Intro & Don’t Quit this is a good way to start as it tells you everything what your about to hear. Liverpool Street raps that are rhymed through a thick scouse brogue. His gun raps are sharp however and he gives a sense that he knows what he is talking about on these tracks.


2 On Ft Safone & Truffle Butter ft Kingsley in both songs Aystar’s Verses are boring as he just rattles of the exact same thing. however both Safone and Kingsley completely outshine him which happens a lot in this mixtape. As both these artists are on their A game.


Minds Gone, Fuck The System, Quiet Storm, Lean Back, I Need You Freestyle actually brings the whole mixtape down and if they weren’t on the mixtape it would be better spaced and be allowed to breathe. It would also serve the mixtape better as the best songs are left. These songs however are make the whole mixtape Too long and these songs are crap plain and simple.


Cheeky Bastard

Another song that sounds more like the featured artists song instead of aystar’s. This especially as the song is completely different from the rest of the mixtape. With a great upbeat chorus. And vocals that stay perfectly in the background. This song is just fun. Aystar actually has an alright verse it just seems like the he is trying to fit to the instrumental and the hook.


Oh No Freestyle & Scousematic Freestyle

Maybe his best example if you’re introducing him to someone new. This is him at his best that is either a good thing or bad thing your choice.


Best Song


Dont Quit ft C4ent / Cheeky Bastard ft Kingsley


Final Thoughts


If it is a chore to listen to the whole mixtape from end to end then you have put too many songs on it. His biggest problem is that he does not seem like this super real respected killer thug shooter drug dealer ladies man king of south Liverpool that he rhymes about. That would be OK if he were playing a character but he is not.


Now I could be wrong and he could be all that it’s just that he doesn’t Seem it . There’s almost no conviction in his words and a lot of this comes from his flow whilst he a decent rapper everything he says is said in the same inflection same tone same cadence. This only really works if you have a deep voice. It comes across more lethargic than criminal.


One more thing and this is to all rappers out there don’t  EVER load up your mixtape with people who are better than you. Every single featured artist on this mixtape is better than him it baffles me how nobody in his camp could have foreseen this happening. Yes it opens you up to more fans however you come across as worse for it. So Aystar is rough a giant lump of coal but there is something there lets hope he can find it.



Flow – 7/10


Lyricism –  6.5/10


Beats/ Production – 6/10


Songcraft – 5.5/10


Concept/ Originality 5/10

Final Score


J Spades – 36 Hours Review

After leaving hip hop and coming back J Spades has lacked consistency in his creativity. Now there is nothing wrong with a rapper trying to branch out and do other things in his music. It just feels like he doesn’t want to fully try something new without risking his street fans. It’s like he dips a toe in, waits for feedback and jumps back out. I just sometimes wished he could maintain trying something new because there is sometimes that feeling like he is not progressing as a musician.


On Expensive J Spades raps about how his new life costs much more and that he is still working for the money. It’s a solid track that would be great to bump in you car. His Cover of Lock Arff is good as he is the perfect artist to be on that song.


However This is where the mixtape takes a wrong turn  as for a couple of tracks j spades just does covers with the songs original hooks left in. Which is a shame as he has some good verses there. His covers of Bank Roll & No Games are particularly good but its such a shame as it just seems lazy.


On Angel Blues ft Abel miller we see a completely different side to J spades as he has shown he can make smooth R’n’B hip hop. Obviously a move to gain more of a female fanbase which is a smart move. However though it says it is featuring abel miller it is actually Mr Miller’s song ft J spades. He continues down this path on Tek It Off ft Ashton R. Which is a sultrier less club R’n’B and more for the bedroom. Which to me does shows some growth as an artist who has seen there is more to just making street songs. On another Note Ashton R here sounds like a UK Trey Songz. It’s these types of songs that is an example of him trying something new.


Rico ft A.Crnsy is a wavy track that people will be bump in their car. A. Crnsy brings an afrobeat feel to the track and J spades brings a hard verse that flows so smoothly.


YDG actually feels more like an opener than a closer if they had switched them it would have worked better however that’s just a nitpick. I say this because the track has a nice funky soulful beat and J Spades has an energetic verse that is short and sweet.


Final thoughts


This mixtape is called 36 Hours and I don’t doubt this mixtape was made in that time frame. The reason I say this is because there are five one verse covers with the original song hooks, and 4 songs in which the featured artist does all the heavy lifting. I guess because it is just a mixtape I shouldn’t expect more but when other artists in this genre are making quality mixtapes unless you are the top boy you can’t put out lazy mixtapes. Musically this is mixtape sounds good there is no bad tracks on it but at times it feels just a bit safe and underwhelming. So if you are already a J spades fan you will enjoy this if not this  won’t change your opinion.



Flow – 9/10


Lyricism –  7.5/10


Beats/ Production – 6.5/10


Songcraft – 8/10


Concept/ Originality 4/10

Final Score