Side note: The Blacksmithed turns 600 likes and 1 more review older today! Hard Work let’s get it!
VoO, East London rapper/producer, is no stranger to The Blacksmithed pages. The First time we came across his music was when we discovered his #4Real mixtape and featured it on The Blacksmithed Tape Index for 2015. Ever since then, it’s been nothing but work from this artist. He has since dropped off singles, ‘Ride For A N*gga’ where he worked with Siviwe Smash; and ‘Doing Me’, an Angel Kick track he featured on. It comes with no surprise when VoO hands in an EP titled Hard Work, This man has a high work rate and his putting out work faster than The Blacksmithed can consume!
Hard Work begins with VoO reflecting on the journey he has taken to get to the point his at. This tone of reflection carries into ‘Keep Floating’ and ‘Future’, as he continues to reflect on different aspects of himself and at this point it is clear that VoO really wants to deliver a message with this tape.
Musically, VoO takes a lot of risks in terms of beat selection but he pulls it off by using each beat as a canvas to tell his stories about love interests on ‘Intrigued’, dreams on ‘Proud Of Me’ and putting work in on ‘I’ll Be Me’. The beats production has been given to a range of producers as if VoO went shopping with a shopping list to pick curtain beats to put this project together.
This tape essentially comes down to versatility. VoO didn’t concentrate on tuning out a huge club banger nor a radio single like the ones that can be heard on #4Real. He doesn’t even really rely on 808s nor that trap feel that has been gaining popularity lately. One can say VoO took it completely left with this one.
If you listened to #4Real or if you follow Slummies Rap and made up your mind about VoO, listen to Hard Work and just try not to change your opinion on VoO! We Dare You!
Stream Hard Work on VoO’s SoundCloud account or download it from The Blacksmithed Music.