It doesn’t take long to discover what Tre Mission is all about: the Toronto rapper came up rough and hangs with street dudes – a point he hammers repeatedly on ‘Stigmata’, his full-length debut album.
Mission glamorises the lifestyle on ‘In The Hallway’. Elsewhere, he riffs on the street’s by-products: scandalous women (‘Jessica’), the pursuit of money (‘Get Doe’), and the downside of greed (‘Money Make (Her)’).
You’ve heard other rappers discuss those topics, so Mission doesn’t break new ground here. Instead, the grime-influenced beats – a glossy assortment of scant electronic tracks – take centre stage and make ‘Stigmata’ a respectable effort.
Mission’s narrative is surly, but his soundtrack is clear.
Words: Marcus J. Moore
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Listen to ‘Stigmata’ in full via Deezer, below…