As promised, the Barnsley thug, Doyen-D’s album ‘En-D.Game’. This will be a major culture shock for American down loaders, or even anyone from outside of the British Isles, really. Its one of the most pure, uncut examples of what can only be described as ‘regional’ Yorkshire Rap. Most emcees from Leeds do have a hint of their accent, but its mostly reined in and a generic british tone is created. But this guy, Doyen ‘Mak’ Deezal, who incidentally writes (or has written) for Hip-Hop Connection on the merits of Southern Rap and Bay Area Rap in the US, has just vocalised the northern accent fully for more comedic value.
Its obvious that the whole thing is tongue-in-cheek (well, I hope it is) and there are lots of laughs to be had here. Not only that, but there are some really good songs on here, not least the massive posse cut ‘Thug Energy’, which features everyone from Junior Disprol of Fleapit fame, to Tommy Evans and Cappo.
This is an album that I certainly haven’t seen anywhere in the shops other than the one I bought it at, never mind on the blogosphere or internet, so I’m sure a lot of you will be venturing into the unknown with this one. It will be a little strange at first, but dip your toes in the water and you might find it canny refreshing.
3. Am Doyen-D
5. Northern Conquest
9. Thik Az Theevz (feat. Pri-Cee)
10. Dead Again
11. Thug Energy (feat. Lee Ramsay, Scor-Say-Zee, Bungle, Junior Disprol, Cappo, Tomy Evans, Late, Jibber & Usmaan)
12. Love Iz
13. BreakN Tha M.I.C.
Actually, It’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts on this one, especially overseas readers, so feel free to mention it in the C-Box or drop a comment.