Slumprine - C250 [EP] Review


On the 12th of August 2018, Centurion collective “SlumpRine" released a two track EP titled "C250". In the past year, the group have received vast attention and acclaim due to their late 2017 mixtape ,"The Holiday Tape 2". The project was filled with prudent content, good lyrical exhibition alongside bangers. However, for all their growth and relative success, members felt 2018 should focus on their individual and duo projects rather than SlumpRrine as full collective. 

SlumpRine - C250 EP Review

On the 12th of August 2018, Centurion collective “SlumpRine" released a two track EP titled "C250". In the past year, the group have received vast attention and acclaim due to their late 2017 mixtape ,"The Holiday Tape 2". The project was filled with prudent content, good lyrical exhibition alongside bangers. However, for all their growth and relative success, members felt 2018 should focus on their individual and duo projects rather than SlumpRrine as full collective.  

The C250 EP is only a warning. It’s a reminder that SlumpRine is a union although they are focused on their individual endeavours. The EP was made within a week as members spent a whole week in studio together in a dorm room numbered "C250". The resultant is two songs, "Adios" and "Motiv'". 

"Adios" is produced by DoouShii. The instrumental opens with eerie keys and a low resounding bass which slowly enhances in sound. As the instrumental progresses, there’s a build-up that’s resolved by a drop. Different keys, instruments and elements tie altogether in a sonically alluring manner. Once again, DoouShii solidifies himself as an exceptional producer. The hook, performed by DoouShii, is easy to remember and it resonates with listeners. "She said woah. Hold the phone, in her heels, Yeah we know." A confident and brash delivery as they exude confident that indicates that they're used to this attention.  

SKYFFA’s bridge follows the hook. It’s also simplistic as it takes aim at "fake niggas" who's words speak louder than their actions. Entendres on entendres, there’s slick wordplay throughout, After this exchange of the hook and the bridge, DoouShii has the first verse. His verse sees him manipulate syllables as he shows his ability as an MC. High rhyme density, storytelling and an effortless flow. Although he doesn't focus on one main topic, he manages to talk about various topics ranging from his missioning in life "decent scheming, always triple beaming", to the drugs he's faced with "young OD, I'm scheming", to where he is in life. The second and final verse of the song is done by Mas, who makes great use of the beat, and raps in a lively, upbeat and quick manner (which keeps up with the energy of the track, holistically). Mas’ verse is filled with puns and wordplay – which is a contrast to DoouShii’s verse  as he uitlized storytelling throughout his verse. Their chemistry between the two is  dynamic and coherent. Both verses are relatively short but remain good exhibitions of the lyrical ability. Thereafter, the song returns to the hook and the bridge, until the track ultimately ends. It’s a dope introduction to the EP. The next and final track of the EP is "Motiv'"


“Motiv” sees Miles, Mas and SKYFFA join forces. DoouShii has the midas touch. The production is within the realms of his signature C-Sound. It focuses heavier on string patterns whilst also having a stertor sound accompany the bass. As the beat begins to set, we begin to hear adlibs from SKYFFA, which helps to set the tone for track's opening. The track opens with Miles' performance of the hook. The hook is not only memorable, but it's also very well-thought out as it makes reference to physics and the different uses of motor's in both gaming systems and cars while applying to life, in general. “Money be the motor, but it ain't the motive". Money is the telos but it doesn’t bring a sense of eudaimonia. Their passion creates that sense of fulfilment. Miles’ hook shows his wit through his clever wordplay. That result is a quadruple entendre as he makes references to "motor" , being "on the road to riches" and gaming consoles.  It’s a dope illustration of his potential as a lyricist. A constant theme throughout this project is addressing people who talk more than they act.

You running your mouth, I'm running the cheque. I can't accept, when you say you the best.

TALK YOUR SHIT, Miles! His confident delivery makes every line more plausible.

After concluding the hook, Miles continues onto the first verse. He’s assertive although using a calm delivery. He manages to change rhyme schemes at his whim as he uses a double time flow and thereafter, slowing it down as he pleases. His verse is filled with notable lines throughout.  Mas’ second verse is appealing as his delivery is unique. He’s almost soft-spoken but there’s a sense of control within his rhymes. He begins by talking about the drugs he's done and sold, with many prominent drug references, before diving into a different direction that focuses more on introspective ideas. Another enjoyable verse delivered as Mas shows out.  The hook is repeated again, however, halfway – it’s stopped as the final verse comes through. This transition is a smooth as SKFFA takes centre stage. He enters and immediately brings a sense of dynamism within the song. With higher tonality, he rhymes intricately as he switches schemes. His placement in the song should’ve been longer but nonetheless, the verse was decent. SKYFFA’s short placement somewhat puts him in a disadvantage as he is unable to express his thoughts with the same focus and detail as his SlumpRine members. Due to this, it’s not as prevalent as the other two, however, it still carries the same confident and self-belief exuded by other members.

In totality, this EP does what it is intended to do. It shows Despite the level of simplicity, there seems to be a better cohesiveness in the sound quality, chemistry, writing quality, production quality, and group dynamism. Some of which, is more well done, and equally consistent as some of Slump's best work. SlumpRine continue to have a drive and charismatic confidence that's been seeing them make waves. They’re headed in the right direction and they’re bound to blow. However, for all their progression, SlumpRine still need to develop versatility in regards to subject matter to avoid over-simplicity and redundancy. Nonetheless, this project is enticing and their chemistry is off the walls. It’s SlumpRine’s Primetime. Every member has upped their game and the future looks bright.

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Rating: 75/100

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