If you're into gritty hip hop that comes from a real place, you'll already be across Rates. Describing his 2013 debut album 'Destroy And Rebuild' as his "ode to hip hop," Rates now brings "something completely different" to its follow-up.
'Untold' sees Rates blending "lyrically sharp" rhymes (think Big Pun and Tech N9ne) with "a big creepy sort of sound" musically (Rates: "Deftones are a big influence for me"). All tracks for this new release, except for "Suicide 2," were written collaboratively with Bennie On The Beat at the producer's Coffs Harbour studio; lyrics written alongside beats during their "creative process."
Rates doesn't shy away from rapping about his demons; "Over the years [music has] definitely defined who I am now," he tells. "I mean, since I was a kid I woke up with a song in my head and would go to bed with a song in my head, you know? And I'm still obsessed with music."
So can Rates imagine life without music? "I'd go mad. It's all I know... It's everything, music."
On his second album Rates tells us how it is, leaving nothing 'Untold.'
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre||Hip Hop|
|Music Genre Primary||Urban & Hip Hop|
- 1. The Enemy
- 2. End Of Discussion
- 3. Right Now
- 4. Life I Lead (feat Kerser & Big Hustle)
- 5. Give You Strength
- 6. Berserk
- 7. Upside Down World
- 8. A Letter
- 9. Destined For This (feat Kerser & Jay UF)
- 10. Reach, Silence (feat Heidi Bell)
- 11. Thinking
- 12. Suicide 2 (feat Hyjak)
- 13. I Rap Because 2
- 14. Botb (Outro)
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