No Comment Star
By Ella December
“Dem likkle man can’t chat to the Kings.”
Roll Deep’s Manga spits on his crew latest offering No Comment Star. It can be easy for modern audiences to forget the legendary status of the crew within the grime scene with mainstream songs such as Good Times and Green Light. This was the collective that spawned definitive grime classics such as When I’m Ere and has had past members such as Dizzie Rascal and Tinchy Stryder. So with their newest mixtape will the East Londoners show that Roll Deep are royalty?
No Comment Star gets down to business with Nasty. Nasty has a punchy production and confident verses from the crew, especially J2K and Brazen. It’s a solid starter and sets the precedent for the rest of the mixtape.
Palava the second song on the mixtape is an excellent mixture of East London accents and rousing production. The crew replicate the cockney charm found on Palava on third track Wilehouse. Wilehouse has brilliant verses from Brazen, and a dynamic feature from Discarda. The energetic production evokes nostalgic feelings of grime’s golden age. Wilehouse is the best track on the marvellous mixtape as well as one of the best grime tracks of the year so far.
Overall, Roll Deep have managed to produce a perfect mixtape. It’s a return to good glorious grime music and a reminder of why Roll Deep are so important. It’s successful because at nine tracks long, its succinct but still striking. If Roll Deep can make a mixtape this magnificent, their upcoming album can only be automatically amazing.
Download or listen to the mixtape here - No Comment Star