Mangaliso Asi-Blissfully Ignorant

It’s been a very, very long time since we’ve heard from Mangaliso, and as one of our favourite UK rappers when he was active, it’s a pleasure to have him back around these parts.

If you’re a longtime reader, you’ll know what to expect: clever, meaningful raps with a great message, and he doesn’t slack on beat selection here. This one opts for a more acoustic style of backdrop, as Mangaliso confidently puts all of the focus onto his raps by providing little more than soft piano notes (borrowed from Nujabes) to accompany him. Those keys help enhance the reflective style of his lyrics, which move between internal reflection and outward social commentaries, whilst their sombre and downbeat delivery adds gravitas and depth to each one of his words. It’s the sort of introspective work that always sounds that little bit better at this time of year, and this is a great return to hip-hop for the talented rapper.

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