Ocean Wisdom crashed onto the scene two years ago with his debut album Chaos 93, now with a couple of million views under his belt, Wizzie drops his second album Wizville featuring legends of the game to certify his and Highfocus’ place on the map.
The singles released some weeks before the album in my opinion tarnished its appeal, however, videos for the tracks ‘Eye Contact’, ‘Brick or Bat’ and ‘Don’ drag the scene kicking and screaming into the 21st century. With professional production and stunts harnessing Ocean’s natural energy and talent as well as features from rap legends Roots Manuva, Chester P and Wizzie’s personal Hero Dizzee Rascal in ‘Revvin’. This kid not only knows his potential but puts it so blatantly in Life with the bar ‘i’m just a product of being told i’m a winner”.
I’d challenge anyone to tell this 23 year old he won’t make it. Even if it means bending his tunes towards the radio and charts what with ‘Revvin’ now being in the singles chart. Just to put hip-hop back in the public domain, he maintains integrity with anthems like ‘Righteous’ and ‘Life’ having more depth to their lyrics than the three and a half minute audible assault he calls ‘Brick or Bat’. This album demonstrates Ocean’s maturity as an artist, especially in ‘Incidents’ with Chester P and ‘Menacing’ where he comments on the drop from fame and how precariously perched atop of the scene he is.
Honestly, this hasn’t got a scratch on Chaos 93 but then nothing ever stands up the originals. I find some of the singles unlistenable purely because the instrumentals are far too loud and brash, hiding Ocean’s lyrical content. It’s the simpler, mellower tunes that Wizzie perfects the combination of youthful exuberance and experience to incomparable effect. Hook writing is clearly a strength of Ocean’s with almost all of the songs having those few really catchy bars. Whether it’s for rap, trap or grime, Wizzie lays down bar after bar of impressive hooks, keeping the listener well… hooked.
The final track on the album is more reminiscent of the Wizzie I fell in love with; nine minute long freestyles on Youtube where he would simply tear up the track. No chorus, no loops or bridges, just pure fire bars. Wizzie clearly knows his audience and where he wants to be. In order to get there it might mean he will need more radio-worthy lyrics, but this doesn’t detract from his detrimental double-timing which is falsely eluded as his only quality.
Its early days in this Brit’s career, but the magnitude of worldwide recognition for his work paves the way for an exceptional artist. Twisting and contorting the scene, he’s blending the genre’s and ‘”breaking glass ceilings” in the hip hop hall of fame. One to watch? You’re blind if you haven’t clocked him yet.