The formula for an eight-bar rally is simple: any number of MC’s, a banging instrumental and maximum screw faces the minute that the track is played. From Pow to Southside Riddim, the format has been a staple since the birth of the genre, giving a platform for MC’s to spit their best lyrics over a hard instrumental.
Rapture 4D is a producer from Scotland, best known for co-producing the excellent Beat Roots mix-tape and releasing experimental grime records on his label Plasma Abuse. His latest track – titled ‘In & Out’ – brings together Ten Dixon, Poppzy English, Manga St Hilare, Grim Sickers, Logan and Razor for an eight-bar rally with plenty of hype.
Balance is key on tracks that tackle this style. Too many MC’s with only one type of delivery and it comes off as bland; too many MC’s with tepid lyrics and it comes off as meek. ‘In & Out’ is perfectly weighted, front-loading the track with two hype lyricists in Ten Dixon & Poppzy English and placing the MC’s with more varied styles throughout the rest of the track. The instrumental is full of bruising sonics, remaining minimal enough so each MC can lay down their lyrical calling card at breakneck speeds.
Overall, ‘In & Out’ is one for the clubs. No hook and going straight for the jugular, we can’t wait to hear the rest of his forthcoming album.