This extended play was released on May 7th this year. Lulla HF is an artist from the UK who I first became familiar with in 2020. I featured a couple of his songs in my popular Best Singles of the Week posts, but this will be my first time listening to a full project from him. I’m completely unfamiliar with Killer Tame, so I’m pretty much going into this blind. I’m sure I’ll think it’s good though.
The project begins with a highlight entitled 70s Borstal.
I love how dark and menacing the piano-driven production here is, and the aggressive lyricism is great.
I've been studyin' the holy books
A very hungry caterpillar
Tuxedo libido, I ain't suited for you passion killers
Puttin' in this work has made me speed up my metabolism
You thinkin' 'bout rappin' with him, it's gon' be a cataclysm
Made another rash decision, like when you switch the ointments
I manage expectations avoiding disappointment
So you should cancel any bets you made
Old school weed, these motherfuckers are retrograde
The lyrically-confrontational hook is really nice, and the second verse is even better than the first one in my opinion. I really like how he used the word, “kumquat,” as an insult. He rhymed his ass off here. The song is dope as hell. The second track is called 5 in the Morning. It has a pretty nice, electric guitar-driven instrumental. I like the relatively fast-paced flow from Lulla too. He killed the first verse. The hook from Nehanda gets stuck in my head every time I hear this song. I think Lulla was able to match the energy of the production really well. I wouldn’t exactly call this a Rap Rock track even though it features a prominent electric guitar loop. I can’t really tell you why though. It just doesn’t sound as corny as a lot of Rap x Rock crossovers in my opinion. Maybe it’s just me though. I think they were able to pull it off pretty well. Lulla spazzed on that second verse.
We graft hard for these arts & crafts
Your fans getting ripped off like Elastoplast
Bar for Bar, this bastard you can't surpass
Max out your Mastercard for this masterclass
The song is really dope. It’s followed by Diagnosis, which features an artist named Chima Anya who I was previously unfamiliar with. He did a nice job on the first verse though. The beat from Killer Tame here is great; I love how the percussion doesn’t fully drop until about halfway through the first verse. The hook is pretty simplistic, but it serves its purpose well enough. I honestly don’t know whose verse I prefer on this track. Lulla probably stood out a little bit more to be honest, but I did like Chima’s performance quite a bit. The way they kinda rapped about how Hip hop affects its listeners was really cool.
Other symptoms are easier to see Like rhythmic bending of the elbows and the knees Twist your lower back to a good 12 degrees Turn the volume up, while I quote the late great P I can never get enough of it 'cause that's that shit I need that shit to boost my adrenaline Not only does it make an iconic chorus But adrenaline will enhance my performance
The song is really dope to me. The penultimate track is a major highlight entitled Totally Unprovoked. This one is my shit. I love how dark and menacing the production here is. It sounds evil, like something I’d expect a Gangsta Rap artist to spit over. Lulla bodied the first verse too.
It coincides with the year, so I'm inside of your ear Small like you got your incisors veneered Laws to abide by and adhere But fuck a flag or a border, all of us reside on a sphere Where we're governed by parasites with destructive appetites And working class lives get sacrificed I oppose the throne like a jacobite What's wrong with these rapper guys? You need to grow up like a stalagmite
I think this track has one of the better hooks on the project, and it also has my favorite guest feature. I wasn’t familiar with Nate Goodness prior to listening, but he left a really strong impression. I love that line about how other MCs drop rhymes like bars of soap. That was fire. Both of these guys killed this track. I think it’s dope af. The closing track is entitled UDecide, and it features an artist named Jam Young. I think it has one of the better instrumentals on the project, and I love the political content from Lulla.
Bat 'em up, bat 'em up, bat 'em up once
Bashin' bricks and bottles at a bunch of nazi cunts
Half them tories used to be national front
I will shit on the queen, how much passion do you want?
The second verse from Jam Young unfortunately wasn’t nearly as good to me, but it was still cool. I just felt like the way he was flowing was a little shaky. I of course appreciated the political content though. It’s pretty much an anti-bigotry song, which I can always get down with. It’s a dope track.
This extended play is great. There’s not a single track here that I don’t think is dope. With five tracks, they had pretty much zero room for error, and thankfully all of the songs are worth listening to. I really appreciate how Killer Tame’s production is varied enough to prevent things from getting stale and redundant. Lulla himself comes off like a pretty likable dude too, but I may just be saying that since we seem to be on the same side of the political spectrum. The features for the most part did their part in enhancing the quality of each track, so that was good too. I really don’t have any overall gripes with the project as a whole. Any nitpicks I have are specific to each track, and even those are few and far between. This EP left me wanting more, which I think is a good sign for an extended play. I wouldn’t mind listening to a whole album from both of these guys because they work really well together. Check this shit out and let me know what you think. It’s dope as hell to me.