Rewd Adams and the Last Skeptik blasted onto our systems earlier this year with a trio of tremendously promising single releases, first came the rock’n’rolla drop kick “Nukey” followed by the more boom bap persuasive “Bring it Back Ft Dj Mr Thing” completing the hat trick with “Everything’s Ok” a light hearted medley of concise lyricism over damn catchy production, with each new cut dropped I become rapidly more interested and eager into what the debut album “How not to make a living” would foretell.
If I was too judge this album of first appearances I would of said to you this was going to be full of boisterous attitude and cockney rhymes all over classic sounding Hip-Hop joints, which in its own sense would have been dope, upon the first complete play through it quickly dawned on me that this wasn’t just a debut but an offering of something a little more refined.
First stand out track comes in the form off “So Soulful ft Mai Khalil” catching Rewd on a level headed few verses put together nicely over a chilled out Last Skeptik rendition. “J.O.B” smashes us back into the path of Rewds hype side having a good old dig at the woes of becoming the working class.
The track I’ve had on repetition since hearing it “Colours” finds Rewd delivering one of the Illest storyboards I’ve heard in a quick minute. “No More Ft Mia Khalil” once again plays on the more deeper attributes of Rewd’s talent. “Monsters” is the only track on the album boasting guest verbal’s coming from Little Dee, Stylah, Ramson Badbonez & Awate all of which help close the album with some straight up aggy peakness.
This album is a straight piece of art; Rewd Adams has this Dr. Jekyll Mr Hyde appeal, Balancing deep, thoughtful and clever lyricism with crisp deliverance while hiding this ability to manifest into a complete monster going toe-toe armed with destructive blows. While The Last Skeptik showcases a in-depth understanding of what it takes to create a joint that not only sounds dope but aids to the style of an artist, the guys obviously talented behind the keys creating provoking productions that only aids in the dopeness of this album. The roundness of the album really brings it into its own light Rewd on every track sounds like a veteran, handling everything The Last Skeptik throws at him with calm and collected outcomes. This really is a very solid album with fresh album artwork included. You can grab yourselves a hardcopy Cd HERE.
Review By Rikki James