Boomkat Product Review:
Freshly buffed, 320 edition of Babyfather’s 2nd mixtape album from 2016, including the bonus ’Sting Freestyle’ in a strong dose of mid decade nostalgia
Following his earliest work with Graffitti Island, then the seminal Hype Williams project, and his solo Dean Blunt gear (and hilarious NME fuckries), Babyfather emerged as an enigmatic rap project for Blunt and his pals, James Massiah (DJ Escrow), Gaika, and noz-shotting hypeman Gassman D with ‘BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow’ in 2016, notably including Arca production. The ‘419’ mixtape followed at the back end of that year, expanding on his dare-to-be-diferent take on London road rap styles that dominated the capital then and now.
Top to bottom, it’s straight - if low-key weird - fire from the minor key lurker ’10_10 Freestyle’ channelling Giggs, to the lo-fi jigginess of ‘Penelope Freestyle’, with DJ Escrow & Triumph Allah lighting up the murky scenario of ‘Lookin Remix’, and something like a UK answer to Quasimoto in ‘Bubble’, plus a grimy spesh in ‘Freedom Dub’, all now supplemented by the distorted gristle of ’Sting Freestyle’ for an alternate ending to one of that era’s most prized albums.