Review: Ramson Badbonez – Mic Day The 13th

Ramson Badbonez is back for 2019, with twelve brand new tracks which instantly hit you with a certain confidence which transcends the vibe of Bandbonez’ 2018 concept release, yet continues to reference from the perception of the previously titular alter-ego, Jason Bonez. With a haunting one-minute intro which sounds as if it has been made to be listened to live, the dark mood of the album is set right from the off, and Mic Day The 13th soon proves itself a lyrically flawless gift to hardcore hip-hop.

‘Welcome, enter…’, is the opening line on ‘Haunted Houses’, track two of the Highbury Rapper’s latest release, but the first we hear of his voice- a bold start which after a few listens actually stands out as one of the album’s catchiest tunes. Next up is ‘Sticks and Stones’, a ghoulish track with a backdrop reminiscent of the theme to the Halloween episodes of The Simpsons, yet with lyrics which showcase the MC’s unashamedly self-assured presence.

What is ever-consistent throughout the album’s entirety is just how articulate Ramson Badbonez’ rhymes are, delivered at a pace which is particularly impressive on track five, ‘Stuttering Psychopath’, which quite literally revolves around the art of articulation, dissing other rappers who mumble. The spooky theme ongoing, ‘Halloween Rap Regime’ has an old-school feel with a big beat, a definite stand-out as we reach a midway point on the album.

‘Machete Madness (Continuation)’ is precisely a follow on from the similarly titled track off Jason Bonez. Though longer in length, it uses a similar movie-style sample as the song fades out, something which now encapsulates Ramson Badbonez’ unique style and adds a kind of classic finesse to the sound. The sampling on ‘Ghouls & Goonies’ brings to mind the expert mixing of The Avalanches, cool and fitting but in some ways more enjoyable than the rest of the song’s contents in this particular instance.

The most recent single off the album to be released, ‘Face Down Floating’ has been accompanied by a trippy cartoon music video animated by Rakugaki, which sees the increasingly iconic Jason Bonez Friday the 13th mask murdering each foe mentioned on the song, a coupling which is both lyrically and visually brutal.

Though Mic Day The 13th potentially trails off a little as the album comes to an end, it is nothing but proof of the sheer potential Ramson Badbonez exudes. It is a massive step up for the eloquent MC, a lyric-heavy album with a dark flow which makes a refreshing change from the mumble rap that currently dominates the industry.

Issy Cox

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