An excellent return that raises the bar for UK rap...

Arguably one of the most highly anticipated and impactful returns of last year was Potter Payper’s reappearance. Amidst what was a chaotic year, one of British rap’s most respected emcees returned to collect his crown. In a time where “microwave music” has been governing the musical landscape, it’s safe to say we were missing a sense of authenticity, grit, and thought-provoking rap that grips your core. Rejuvenating real rap to a greater place and bringing it back in style, it’s Potter’s hunger and drive that instantly captivates his listener.

Following the release of the ‘Training Day 3’ sequel in 2020, the London native has been reasserting his position in the game over the last 12 months and has gifted supporters with the release of his hotly tipped mixtape entitled, ‘Thanks For Waiting’. Dedicated to his day ones that have been waiting in anticipation since his 2017 hiatus, the artwork pays homage to the long-lasting groundwork they’ve put in with a heart-felt response from Payper: “I never did this for no charts, no radio, none of that means nothing compared to the genuine love and support you all showed me and continue to show me day in, day out”.

Spread across 18 tracks with guest appearances from Unknown T, KO, Rimzee, Digga D, Suspect, Billy Billions, Im CP, M Huncho, NSG, Smurke, Haile, and Tiggs Da Author – this star-studded project is a quality body of work that represents hard work and authenticity, but still houses a fresh and modern flare to what’s considered to be popular music. Featuring pre-released singles 'Catch Up' alongside UK hit-maker M Huncho, and 'Nothing’s Free' with Suspect, we begin to unravel a deeper narrative into Potter Payper’s journey thus far.

Boasting a variety of different beats throughout, it’s clear that this project marks the start of a new chapter for Potter. Continuing to prove his versatility whilst remaining true to his original grit, it’s tracks like 'Eastender' with Unknown T, 'CEO Flow' alongside Rimzee, and 'Take That' with UK hit- maker Digga D that remain true to his style. Offering a slice of feel-good energy in 'Plain Clothes' assisted by NSG, and 'Never' with the prince of hooks AKA Haile, the growth of Potter becomes more prevalent as we get further into the project. Enriched with raw street poetics and refined bars from start to finish, ‘Thanks For Waiting’ is nothing short of lyrical punches.

8/10

Words: Elle Evans

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