Dave - Psychodrama
Mar 12, 2019
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It's hard to believe that Dave was only 19 years old when making "Psychodrama", an album so emotional and mature & filled with incredible songwriting and lyricism and what I feel is destined to become a "classic" in the UK hip-hop scene.


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First things first: the tracks "Psycho", "Black", "Lesley" and "Drama" are all tracks that are absolutely incredible and can each win a Grammy for "Best Rap Song". These songs are insane in quality. Do yourself a favour and hear them! These 4 tracks set the bar sooo high that unfortunately most of the other songs kinda paled in comparison. There are still songs like "Screwface Capital" and "Environment" which had super cool themes and wordplays and then average tracks like the afrobeat "Location", "Voices" which almost seem unworthy on an album that features such high quality well thought out songs.

Because of the lyrical themes being very heavy this isn't an album that will be bumped in every situation because well it's so... heavy. The theme of this album is coping with the loss through psychotheraphy thus Dave puts himself in role-playing situations which can get super serious and even disturbing. There was definitely a lot of impact coming from the 20 year old UK MC. The album is mature, coherent, and definitely follows a theme. It gave me some Kendrick Lamar "DAMN" vibes at times.

This is an album which overall I really enjoyed despite it's few speedbumps. It is a potent, emotional and honest record of a young man's point of view, in which he unforgivingly states his thoughts no matter how screwed or controversial they might be. I have a strange feeling that this album will become a UK classic and one of those albums that will be referenced and looked up to in that scene moving forward. Sort of like Nas' "Illmatic". So much incredible material on here, yet it doesn't overstay it's welcome and run on for longer than it had to.

Dave shows of his skills as a rapper with some great bars, wordplays and flows and is definitely the main focus point of the album, as the instrumentals are all designed to compliment and enhance his rhymes to the maximum. This is definitely one for the loved list!
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Fav Tracks: Psycho, Streatham, Black, Screwface Capital, Environment, Lesley, Drama
Least Fav: Purple Heart


"PSYCHODRMA" by Dave 8/10
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