Review: COOPS reveals his best work to date on ‘Lost Soul 2’

One of the game’s best returns with a noteworthy piece.

VERDICT:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Hip-Hop rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Everyone else:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The officer of incredibly delectable rhyme has returned with a surface-to-air musical missile of craft and diary. There is a lot to be liked here, including repeat value having not grown tired of it one bit, and we’ve been slapping it on repeat for the past week or so.

Featuring appearances from Kojey Radical, Bel Cobain, Iyamah and others, there is variety in the feature department without growing tired of hearing artists present their skills alongside the man himself. Frequently, a feature appears to be a way to fill up space on a record, though, on ‘LS 2’, Coops manages to recruit with intent as opposed to the aforementioned.

With incredible rhyme schemes, narrative clarity and exceptional beat curation, Coops has created his best release to date. Playing this through headphones on a tube ride through London reinforces city culture, which splashes an immersive experience.

It lasts under an hour, something lost on most artists and is something Coops sees as a footnote. The mastery of utilising his breadth of bar composition and retaining the essence of genre stimulates this as one of Hip-Hop’s great efforts. Though, one thing letting it down is the quality of the mixing on Coops’ vocals which could be amplified better.

Tracks of note: ‘Fresh Crepe’ with Bel Cobain, ‘Smoke Dreams’ and ‘Don’t Stress’ ft Iyamah.

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