BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow

Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #399 / 763
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2016 Ratings: #464
April 1, 2016 / Release Date
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Tiny Mix Tapes
While his lexicon is coded, his syntax disconnected, and his sense-making sometimes inscrutable, Blunt’s underlying style could perhaps be best described as spatial. His odd, pointed cadences are exacerbated by lateral entryways and long pauses between lines, with a stream of rap tropes and side-door slang finding unexpected expression in the crevices of its post-genre flexing.
Resident Advisor
The album as a whole is a step forward for Blunt. Though the music isn't his most gripping, he's never achieved such a powerful synthesis of sound, concept and character.
‘BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow’ may be the most sarcastic record Blunt has put out, but there's real emotion here amidst the baby cries and union jack hover boards.

Even more so than Blunt's previous work, BBF is a difficult, sometimes impenetrable listen, but it's the most powerful statement he's made yet.

The Line of Best Fit
Ultimately the potential legacy of BFF Hosted by DJ Escrow lies with the future artists it may inspire.

It is a painfully raw, emotionally generous, politically charged,  intensely intelligent, sometimes unlistenable album.The project is, most of all, a fascinating peek into the psyche of man who we are still miles away from understanding, and when I listen to I can only see a man in the distance getting farther and farther as I try to get closer.


With BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow, Blunt endeavours to dismantle the misguided notion that black artists should stay away from overtly experimental forms of music.

This makes me proud to be British.
EDIT: My mistake, Babyfather is not just Dean Blunt, but in fact a trio including DJ Escrow (the narrator) and Gassman D (instrumental work)

Dean Blunt provides us with a captivating perspective on urban life in the UK with his most cohesive set of tracks yet. With a multitude of genres ranging from abstract hip hop to noise and to dub, the varying subject matters about the UK (poverty, gangster/drug culture) are appropriately presented even with all the obtuse, musical detours Dean takes. ... read more
This album cover tho
i really couldnt get into this album. there wasnt enough energy to keep me interested, in both the production and vocals. i feel like the production was toned down too much, and if it were made just a bit louder below the vocals, there would have been a big difference. lyrically, i found the material to be intriguing but lacking any real emotion. maybe its because im not from great britain and i cant relate to what is said, but i still feel like there should have been more appeal to me. i ... read more
Dean Blunt is music's best weirdo. You can just sense the ominous aura of this being a concept record.
The struggles and emotional turmoil of a UK grime artist + DJ attempting to make it big in the scene, if the D in DJ stood for Disjointed and the J stood for Jarring, scattered in its presentation of what is cold, rough, sketchy, warped, flesh-less to kill the idea of what beats even are as a concept, and then more adjectives to come for the voices that moan and sigh like faded spirit, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Stealth Intro
  2. Greezebloc
  3. Meditation (feat. Arca)
  4. Escrow
  5. Shook
  6. Motivation
  7. Prolific Deamons
  8. Platinum Cookies
  9. Esco Freestyle
  10. Stealth
  11. God Hour (feat. Micachu)
  12. N.A.Z
  13. Juice
  14. Hells Angles
  15. Killuminatti
  16. Escrow 2
  17. Deep (feat. Arca)
  18. Escrow 3
  19. The Realness
  20. Flames
  21. Snm (feat. Arca)
  22. Stealth Outro
  23. Message
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