UK rapper proves to have an eclectic touch...

Although coming to terms with his newly found career amid a pandemic wasn’t always in the plan, M1llionz has quickly flown the forefront of British rap in no time at all. As a new wave of artists from outside the capital continue to break through the scene with their distinct styles, M1llionz’ was a breath of fresh air that captured the attention of many. As he gears up for his first ever tour, supporters have been waiting in anticipation for the release of his debut mixtape entitled, ‘Provisional Licence’.

You could ask anyone what they think a M1llionz project would sound like, and the truth is, not many people would know. If there’s one thing about the Birmingham native it’s that he’s unpredictable and not one to shy away from any given sound. There’s only one way I can describe this mixtape; it’s almost like someone asking to put a blindfold on you, navigating you through an unexpected road of twists and turns – all good, of course – and you being just as shocked at your destination. Riddled with a mind-blowing selection of references, samples, and his signature flows, M1llionz has come to prove a point that he’s more than just a “drill rapper”.

Spread across 12 tracks with guest appearances from Jevon, Headie One, Lotto Ash, and AJ Tracey, alongside production from Honeywoodsix, AbelThePlug, Jevon, H1K, BKay, Ghosty, TobiShyBoy, and more, ‘Provisional Licence’ has been a long time coming. Posing as his debut mixtape after almost two years of strong singles, M1llionz is ready to showcase the world what more he can do. Pushing any genre-defining labels aside, he steers the listener through an eclectic range of sounds.

Setting the tone with ‘Intro’, the Honeywoodsix-production, although fairly sinister at the start takes a darker turn sonically halfway through enabling M1llionz to seamlessly switch into another flow. Spitting nothing but unapologetic and raw bars from the start, “I come from poverty / Yeah, I needed money but instead of helping me they sent me to prison / N***a’s only want change when they get lifed off or in critical condition / In the hood if you ain’t doing road / Then it’s be a footballer or be a musician”, he’s quick to boast his artistry, leaving the listener captivated instantly.

As we venture further into the tape, we stumble across a collaboration we’ve all been waiting for… both Headie One and M1llionz go back-to-back on the fired-up street heater named, ‘AirBnB’. It’s safe to say expectations are running high for this one, as both are reputable names in the game. However, I can assure you this one didn’t go a miss! Trading a string of raw poetics and punchlines throughout, it’s sprinkled with a variety of energy-driven adlibs, as the pair glaze the Ghosty and BKay beat with ease. Projecting yet another quality drop that I’m sure we’ll see all over social media over the coming weeks, ‘AirBnB’ is a must-add to your playlist!

Featuring the pre-released tracks ‘Regular Bag’, ‘How Many Times’ with Lotto Ash, ‘Badnis’, and not to mention the star of the show, ‘Bando Spot’, paying homage to 50 Cent’s iconic hit ‘Candy Shop’, we are welcomed with a hook I never thought we’d hear! Referencing Michael Jackson’s legendary hit, ‘Smooth Criminal’ in ‘Mobbin’, to ‘The Boy Is Mine’ in ‘Provisional Licence’ alongside UK hit-maker AJ Tracey, it’s moments like these that separate M1llionz from the rest.

Continuing to solidify his reign as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Black British music, he closes the mixtape out on ‘Hometown’ alongside treasured artist Jevon. Boasting their musical chemistry from start to finish, Jevon’s slick vocals contrast perfectly against M1llionz’s abrupt verses. Overall, this mixtape was worth the wait and something you can tell he’s really put time and effort into – unlike the usual microwave nonsense being distributed. Make sure you give this one a spin!

8/10

Words: Elle Evans

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