Review: Razor – The Cover Up

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Way back on Razor’s 06 ‘Hell Razor: Vol.1‘ mixtape, with bars like:

‘..leave holes in your chest/ even leave metal in ur chin like Kanye West’

the name ‘Razor‘ would conjure hyper violent imagery skewing closer to a slasher movie than typical grime of the time. Now however:

‘I run from my past like a fugitive, I can’t keep doing this/ looking at my closest friends, thinking ‘Who’s legit?’/ feeling funny when they greet me with a Judas Kiss/ then I’m forced to smile when they nail me to a crucifix/’

Now, the name Razor refers more to the rappers brand of performing open heart surgery for all to see every time he drops a project.

The Cover Up‘ is Razor’s latest brand of deeply revealing personal stories over mellow to hard hitting instrumentals. But don’t let the themes fool you into expecting monotonous autotuned rapping; Razor attacks these RnBesque instrumentals like Wu Tang in the 90’s. On ‘100‘, Razor and Tevyn J take The Game and Drake’s instrumental down a slightly darker path. Where Razor runs through rhymes over fake, envious friends and betrayal. Tevyn mournfully sings the chorus:

‘I asked you to keep it true…’

And almost sums up Razor’s aesthetic in its entirety. Delivering harsh, painful messages with a pretty ribbon. The deceptively hard hitting content permeates the majority of the tape. But Razor brings guests such as Boy Nash and Jay Scripz for the parts of the mixtape reserved for straight lyricism. This peaks of ‘Razor Blade‘ with Modulation.

Here, the two rappers weave in and out of flows, challenging and assisting each other in equal measure to dazzling effect. It’s the other side of a rapper who can so perfectly describe relatable emotions, now using those skills for pure lyricism.

The tape concludes with ‘Letter To God‘ where Razor gets confessional and lays all his insecurities bare. The song is relatable, occasionally shocking and works in equal parts as the perfect conclusion. Throughout Razor’s career he has built a reputation on creating music that reveals almost too much of himself. But with each release, he builds on his story referencing more personal tragedies and makes himself more relatable. ‘The Cover Up‘ is the strongest, deepest release in his discography yet.