This extended play was released on October 4th this year. Imp is an artist whose music I’m not that familiar with, but I have heard a few of their songs in the past, and I enjoyed what I heard. This’ll be my first time listening to a full project from them if I’m not mistaken. I’m pretty much going into it blind, so I have no expectations. I think I’ll enjoy it to some extent though.
There aren’t any tracks that I don’t like, so I’ll write about the full project in the proper order of the tracklist. It begins with the title track, which has a really nice Boom Bap beat. As soon as I pressed play on this song, I was immediately reminded of Joey Bada$$’s Summer Knights mixtape. It has that same old school production style, and Imp’s gruff vocal delivery is similar to Joey Bada$$’s performance on that aforementioned mixtape as well. I really fuck with their delivery here. They sound great. The whole song is pretty much just one long verse, and it’s really dope.
Million ways to die, you can never tell
Delta 8 legal, law will say that you were sellin' L's
And servin' ticket, whole sentences deserve a better deal
Put 'em back on the block quick, we call it curb appeal
I think I misquoted some of those bars, but it is what it is. I honestly don’t know what I’m more impressed by between the production and the rapping. I really love their aggressive vocal delivery, and the beat is pretty awesome. The song is really dope overall. It’s followed by Threat Model, which features production from someone named Allen Thomas. Once again, the beat kinda sounds like something Joey Bada$$ would’ve rhymed over back at the start of his career. This beat is smoother than that of the preceding track though. It’s really goddamn good. I love that piano loop. I also love Imp’s aggressive flow on this track. That line about how they don’t need a DJ to turn tables was fire. The song is very short, but Imp’s rapping is so good that I don’t even mind the brevity. The song is really dope. The penultimate song is called Drip, and it has production from Fendi Pendergrass.
The mellow production is pretty tight, and, once again, I really appreciate Imp’s aggression. This song might actually have the best rap performance on the whole project. Imp went in for 2 and a half minutes with no hook or bridge or anything like that. That Pokémon reference was much appreciated.
Can I talk my shit again?
Even if y'all ain't listenin'? I dig it, man
Y'all quick to deliver threats
I'm discontent when I intercept
Y'all militias all get tired quick
Aw man, y'all minute men
Soon as y'all go ham start lookin' like some guinea pigs
My job to catch rappers slippin', call it a business trip
I black a mark out, outlined skeleton is a silhouette
Snuff 'em out like cigarettes, our parliament look innocent
The verse is really good. The production didn’t stand out to me as much as that of the preceding couple tracks, but, like I said, this song has some of the best rapping on the project. I think it’s a dope track. The closing song is entitled Don’t Touch My Cigarettes, and it features an artist named Gneiss Vibe, whom I was previously unfamiliar with. The song’s got a really chaotic, yet jazzy beat. The percussion is really all over the place, but not in a bad way. I think it’s a really cool instrumental. This is also the only track on the project with an actual hook, which is cool. I liked the opening verse from Gneiss Vibe too. The song is pretty short, but it doesn’t really sound incomplete at all since there’s a cool hook and two short verses. It has a fleshed out structure despite being under two minutes long, which I appreciate. I think it’s a pretty good track.
This is a really good EP. I really don’t have any consistent gripes with it. I think all of the beats are very good, and Imp proved themself as a competent MC. They sound more like a New York artist than an Atlanta rapper, which I think is mostly due to the traditional production style. This is 100% Boom Bap and 0% Trap. I guess that probably shouldn’t come as a surprise given the title of the project. Anyway, I think Imp’s got a great voice and delivery for Hip Hop, and their flow is pretty nice too. I guess I’d like to see some more fleshed out song structures in the future since most of these songs are just verses with no hooks or bridges. Everything here is really good though. I fuck with the project. I think it’s dope.