Ensley is a jazzy and conscious effort from one of the most genre bending and fascinating hip hop artists that’s currently active. It’s comprised of spoken word pieces, skits, interludes and songs that mimic traditional jazz rap tracks. You’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s an experience that clocks in with exactly 1 hour of playtime. I recommend it for longer walks or drives, just let it immerse you. Some of the skits are also quite funny, but accurate so don’t skip them. This is probably my favourite album from Pink Siifu, which is not surprising. Since I really do enjoy innovative jazz rap. A recurring theme here is spirituality, the power and importance of prayer specifically. He’s also touching on issues such as inequality and racism but he does it in a grounded way that comes of as sincere and hopeful. This project is backed with great instrumentals and impressive features. In particular i very much enjoyed the tracks “Stay Sane” and “Pray Everyday”. They have these enchanting instrumentals that i can replay over and over again without them getting stale.
Favourite Tracks: Stay Sane, Pray Everyday, Trauma, Birmingham Skies.
Strong Eight /8