The time has finally come. Over what seems like an absolute age I have been knowledgable about an album, every few weeks receiving little glimpses and demos, snippets and videos, each one giving me a little more insight into the full project, and each one leaving me wanting to hear more, see more, and driving me into an impatient state to hear the full works! I am of course, talking about Shadoh's brand new album Him Wae The Hat.
What can I say about this absolute monster of an album? This is the hard part. You see, i have reviewed several tracks and videos from Shadoh, and everytime I run the risk of sounding repetitive, the reason for this being that if Shadoh doesnt believe beyond all doubt that what he is about to drop will grab people by the throat and force their heads and limbs to start wiling out, then it never see's the light of day.
Why is this a problem for a reviewer? Because the levels never change! Its always a great vibe, and highly professional work. But having said all that, this is different. This is not fully grime. This isnt just a grimey Shadoh track. This is a large collaboration, in part Hip Hop, part Grime, Trap, various producers and plenty of guest features!
I don't want to give away too much, this album needs to be heard to be believed anyway. Expect classic guillotine poetry from Shadoh, especially in the opening track "A- Game" and "Don't Slack". Both set over beautiful orchestral grime creations, the flows from Shadoh and his guests are simply lethal! This theme is common throughout most of Him Wae The Hat. Skilful floetry, smasher of a beat and a guest or two that keep up to Shadoh's levels with ease!
My own personal highlights of the album are at the points where the pace changes, where the tempo drops from 140bpm down to the nineties, and that soulful, deep boom bap kicks in. One such example of this is "Freedom". The vocals are laced over the top of a very jazzy banger, which is reminiscent of a Kanye West "College Dropout" beat. The track highlights Shadoh's do or die attitude to everything he does, but especially to his chase for financial and life freedom through the music he makes and any other opportinities that come his way. Its an absolute head knocker!
"Put It On My Life" is a deep and dark vibe, which chronicles Shadoh's struggles to stay on the knifes edge between his music and flinging on a dark outfit to deal with the snakes that spit venom at him on an almost daily basis. If you have read any of my other articles on Shadoh or follow him on social media, you will know the people and situations im referring to.
My absolute personal favourite moment of the album is "Undoubtably Different". As someone that has been a friend and collaborator to Shadoh for a good while now, I heard this track a long time ago, and it was instantly my favourite. This track chronicles and sums up everything i have learnt about Shadoh since i got to know him, and is a very rare and intimate insight into the trIals and tribulations behind his rise from being on the roads of Scotlands darkest regions to the premiere artist from Scotland and one of the best in the UK. As soon as i heard it way back when, i knew this was the track that would bond Shadoh with his fans and team the way only personal tracks like this can. It is a beautiful song, for me, the number one track on the whole project. It has to be heard to be understood.
I have known about this project for a long time, and as i said what i heard over the time just made me desperate for it to drop, because I knew this was an absolute gem of work. Everybody involved put their absolute best into this. But my words arent enough. You need to hear this to see what i do, and to hear what I have. It has now finally been released. Get it and see for yourself....
Article by: Mcbain Music