ManLikeVision - Boy From The South

It should come as no surprise that ManLikeVision is as skilled as he is. Being surrounded by the likes of veteran MC and father Pun Ra, the “passing of the torch” cliche storyline is one that could absolutely be applied to this particular tale.

Since his explosive entrance onto the scene with Best Believe last year followed by mixtape The Visualizer, Vision has garnered attention up and down the country and has instantly become known for his ability to jump on pretty much any beat, any tempo, any stage, and deliver a performance that rivals that of some of the most heralded emcees in the country, nay, the world. He’s THAT good. And he’s 18.

What stands out most on Vision’s debut album Boy from the South is his maturity. I’ve no doubt that if he went the route of trends and tropes he could be as successful as the next viral sensation. However, his talent has been utilized here to craft music as thoughtful and reflective as an artist with 10 years on him.

Lead single Goes Off featuring Reuel Elijah might have had you thinking we were about to get an album of bangers and whilst the thought of that is tantalizing there’s a lot more to this project than that.

Traditional boom-bap beats provide backdrops for him to jump between telling his story so far and foreshadowing what comes next, with tracks like the album opener and 2003 recalling his journey so far as well as highlighting his ambitions. Different is also a highlight in the early stages of the album, where Vision trades verses with frequent collaborators Eaton and Noah Bouchard.

The aforementioned Goes Off and the following Stay Mad has Vision with chest out and in attack mode. Again, his certainty of himself and his conviction are selling points throughout. In the latter stages of the album, tracks Anybody There and Where I Live featuring Bard Picasso labelmate Wolfgang Von Vanderghast and Niques tackle mental health and current social happenings and surroundings respectively. That maturity shines here, and hearing a young man be so open regarding these topics is utterly refreshing.

The melodies come in on Talk To Me, with softly sung hooks splitting verses of vulnerability and insecurity. The vibes switch instantly after with afro swing offering Closer featuring fellow Newport artist Chief, and we close out with the sombre Move.

Over the duration of Boy from the South, I kept expecting there to be a “Vision at 100” track, where we catch another glimpse of him going crazy with flow as we know he can. He raps exceptionally well throughout, there is absolutely no doubting that in the slightest. It was just something I expected there to be.

But as I reached the end, I was happy that there wasn’t. We KNOW he can rap that well. What he’s showcased here is that he has no limits to what he can do: whether there’s a subject to tackle that requires a bit more thought and structure or he wants to get people moving, it’s in his locker to do so.

A lot of artists in the early stages of their careers might attempt to make a project that is as varied in sound as this is and it may not come out as cohesive but I think Vision has absolutely nailed it. He needn’t be a one-trick pony when he can in fact do it all and I believe with some years on him, you’re looking at someone that not just Wales, but the UK could be talking about.

Boy from the South is available everywhere from March 18th on Bard Picasso Records.

Words by: Dave Acton (Larynx Entertainment)


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ManLikeVision - Boy From The South

By Dave Acton - Larynx Entertainment

Larynx Entertainment is a Welsh Hip-Hop/Grime Platform.

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