Whiplash – Rapanease (EP Review)
Sometimes new artists are so hungry for a deal they just sign the dotted line to some companies empty promises. One of HipHopLead.com’s most featured on the come up artists made that mistake. Before you started hearing Whiplash on several Digital Dynasty and Coast to Coast mixtapes he was on a label called Dasvibes, based out of Jamaica, and he recorded a short album called “Rapanease.”
Unfortunatley that project wasn’t promoted right, despite distribution from Universal, it just sat in the dark for 3 years. Not too mention Whip’s own country of Australia banned the project. Well now the contract is expired and Whiplash is re-releasing his project on his own. With that said … guess what just came across our desk?… Yep .. you guessed it.
Rapanease kicks off with a self titled synth record with plenty of high hat and crunchy kicks. Whip coasts over the foundation as he spits “fuck I’m stuck in a rut/ I can’t even get a slut cuz I don’t have a buck.” It seems Whiplash’s modesty is still untarnished from his early days. Next up is an Eminem sounding “Everything’s Wrong,” Whip is very animated on this record as he speaks about “bitches always giving attitudes” and tons of other random thoughts. This is definatley a record to let loose too. Whip usually rocks with the west coast sounding beats, but on “Out Of Home” the drums are vintage east coast and it actually seems to have Whiplash focused a bit more time wise with his delivery. “Level to Reach” may be the weak link of the project.
The amateur mix has the bassline so loud that it takes away from the lyrics and makes the song sound a bit muffled. The project highlight, by a long shot, is “Ghetto Surfer.” Whip is a surfer … from Australia…. who raps about hardships. This might be the most auto biographical song on the project. The horns and drums set the canvas for the picture Whip paints as he speaks about “being a ghetto surfer trying to make it” and how needs to “get ahead and be free.” Potential is what speaks volumes when hearing “Ghetto Surfer.”
Whiplash basically speaks on struggle on this project. It was more serious then corky and in 2011 he is definatley a more loose cannon then on this project. If Australia banned this project due to content then the present day Whiplash stands no chance of selling his records on his own turf.
Some of the production isn’t up to par with present day records from Whip like “Bad In Me” or “Pay Up,” but what do you expect when an artist first makes his entrance into the game. Whip releasing this project himself is like Jay Z wanting his Reasonable Doubt master back. It’s an artists first fling with this thing we call Hip Hop. If you really support an artist on the come up and want to support one of the biggest Independent grinders then download this on iTunes and here: cdbaby.com/Artist/Whiplash1