Catchy production led by the unique meeting of classical strings and intensely heavy bass and rap vocals – Rahiq Rafeeq hits the scene with impact and identity as V.I.P emerges.
Musically unique and vocally gritty, the track is cleanly mixed for a nostalgic hip hop tone, yet drives with short, anthem-like lines for a contemporary anthem of a hook.
Despite the clear confidence and depth of many of the bars, there’s a raw indie vibe to the overall presentation of V.I.P. – Rahiq offers a clear thread of independence about his style and subject matter, and with that you get a simple, familiar hip hop weight that is the title and underlying implication. The balance works well, and the fresh set-up helps elevate things all the more so.
Infectious and indicative of a passionate, hard-working and focused artist. It will be interesting to hear where else the music takes Rahiq Rafeeq in the coming months.