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Reviewed by David Patterson

MicXill: Granite EP

Reviewed by David Patterson

MicXill: Granite EP

Michael Sapolu, aka MicXill, brings tremendous energy to his performance. The instrumentals produced by Mark Beaven beatscape an intense verbal onslaught. The words are thoughtful, almost pensive, written in an introspective style. There are struggles in the subject matter which listeners can relate to. The chorus on Minute is very catchy, with a beautiful melodic voice it has a magnetic nature to it. MicXill’s raps bring an intensity similar to Delic Exodus and this artist could go far with his comedic style, mixed with a serious purpose that is quite a yin yang balance. There is a strong relationship to the force behind his words, it brings the realisation that MicXill perhaps knows a higher power is guiding him. With the autobiographical nature of hip hop it stands the rapper in good stead, there’s a definite purpose to his artistry, reminding a little of some Eminem and Talib Kweli songs. Mike’s ill. This is a touch of reality, raw and uncompromising. Across the EP there is something that is thoroughly enjoyable in its ferocity and grounded hip hop style funk.