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Bajan rap prodigy Haleek Maul finally mounts a solo album proper worthy of the hype that’s surrounded him since he debuted, aged 16 in 2012
Over the past decade, Maul’s self-produced blend of Caribbean music and trap influences have singled him out as a unique producer in the field of what Fact Magazine term “post-Yeezus rap”, earning him cosigns by everyone from Clams Casino and RZA to Saul Williams, who notably featured on his 2015 salvo ‘Prince Midas’. Now 23 years old, Maul turns out his most full bodied long player with ‘Errol’, a tight 12 track showcase of his singular versatility and daring tendency to do it differently, or at least follow his own nose.
Despite his location in Barbados, Haleek Maul’s music has always helmed close to current ATL and NYC sounds and ‘Errol’ feels up-to-date as anything coming from the US in 2020, but with a detectable distance also shared by the likes of UK’s Gaika. From this relative outsider vantage point Maul offers a familiar yet unique perspective on the rap game, taking in semi-sung/rapped joints such as ‘We Wid It’ and ‘Glitching’, alongside the hard ass ‘Ceiling Fan’ where his accent really comes thru, plus drill-styled darkness in ‘Relax’ and ‘Abyss’, and sadlad lullaby styles on ‘DWGWY’ and the minor key baroque of ‘Name’, while the bittersweet ‘Feelings’ wraps a prettier bow on it all.