Guvna B - Scrapbook II
Guvna B is a UK-based urban contemporary rap artist who has released 4 albums since he came onto the scene including, including Odd 1 Out which was the first rap album to top the Official Christian and Gospel UK chart. Guvna has just released a thank you mixtape called Scrapbook II which is downloadable for free.
Generally speaking, Scrapbook II has a Grown up confidence about it. Followers of Guvna B’s music will say this is a far more mature version of himself, upon listening you can clearly hear this. There is a better production, lyrical flow and content than on his previous albums. I also sensed a nervous but enthusiastic Guvna who is excited about what the future holds, what God has in store for him. Guvna has improved tremendously.
We Want More is the first track on this mixtape, and the most important thing I would like to tell is how motivational and confidence boosting thing track is. It is something you would gladly let your young son/daughter/family member listen to; although you wouldn’t expect that to be the case due to its very fresh and contemporary style it has – A Dance music style instrumental, something more familiar to the youth of today. This is quiet unexpected from an artist who is classed as a Christian contemporary gospel rapper, which leads me neatly onto the track In a Box.
This track demonstrates the variety of music styles that Guvna B is capable of creating. Guvna b is a young man and therefore he is tasked with finding a way to merge his culture (the environment he grew up in) with his beliefs. Guvna has become far more efficient at creating this style of music, and I believe – having listened to secular urban music today – he is successful in merging the two. Again I would like to stress how motivational and uplifting this mixtape is! Got a big presentation coming up? Meeting the parents for the first time? I would definitely recommend this album for a boost of bad-ass-ness and confidence.
Carlton Palmer – The old-school grime style is apparent in this track. The reverbed synths, the 140 beat tempo, the double-time flow and the distorted voices that appear in the verses all evoke nostalgia of when I was just starting secondary school, Guvna captures the glory days of grime music well with this track. I liked when he said:
“I’m tryna’ make tunes that delete a man’s fear”
This confirms my suspicions of a mixtape that is created to motivate and empower the listener. With artists like Andy Mineo, S.O, A Star, and Jahaziel all acquiring far more popularity, Guvna B isn’t lacking in popularity and is keeping relevant in the Christian rap scene by making music that motivates the youth of today in a relatable fashion.
Welcome home – I am excited when I listen to Guvna B’s music; welcome home talks about issues that young Christians and non-Christian atheists talk about. Which makes it relatable, starts conversations, and creates a stage for people from all backgrounds to have a conversation - which is definitely not a bad thing? To make the track even more controversial, popular rapper Ja Rule speaks in an interlude before the track about the struggles he had to deal with going to church. The feel of the music is quiet soft in this track, the tom and drum combination makes for a very ‘bouncy’ drum ensemble, something you can dance two (the two-step is recommended for this track!).
Bars – Guvna, A-Star and Favour use this track to display what they can do lyrically. The instrumental has a South American urban style to it, giving freedom to the artists to go as fast or as slow as they wish.
I do not believe it is fair to class this mixtape as a ‘Christian’ album because then that would ‘put it in a box’, – which we all know Guvna does not condone. I believe this album is for an individual who is looking for contemporary music that draws on various genres of music with a diverse flows and motivational content. Every rapper has a message, but generally, they are all still known as rappers; so for a rapper like Guvna B to be boxed as a Christian rapper would be unfair as this is just the subject matter that he chooses to talk about. You don’t hear terms such as ‘love rapper’ or ‘atheist rapper’ or ‘Muslim rapper’, so therefore I do not think that would be fair.
This album is packed full of great songs, targeted at the youth of today with songs that will make you think, reflect, dance, and chill out to; I would definitely recommend this album from Guvna B.