“As much as it’s a build-up to a full-length album, this 7-track EP showcases the lyricism instilled in him.”
Born Nikolay Karaush, Nick Explicit is best known as a freestyle champ from the Rap Activity days, and he’s the latest weekly feature on 5FM Fresh Drive’s Weekly Rap Up.
On his sophomore steez, Nick Explicit has unleashed “Broadcasting Live EP” after a five-year gap since his debut “My Story Page 1” album release. He enlists Silas Beats as executive producer on the album and the main producer on this seven-track offering. Here’s a track-by-track analysis…
“Once in a lifetime”
In this very personal song, Nick vividly details his journey in the game, making references to the trials and tribulations he’s endured, how he came up, the people that put him on and all the ones that doubted him.
“Soundwaves Travel” feat Prototype
A jazzy feel on the beat, this track has a strong saxophone presence. The two reminisce on the old days where Nick and Prototype go on a trip, and share how sentimental music is to them. This track has the essence to remind you of the time you fell in love with music.
Nick details his ambitions and how he plans on reaching the pinnacle of his potential. As he puts the emphasis on looking beyond race and just appreciating the talent and skill of an artist, a line worth remembering: “I don’t see myself white, I see myself gifted”.
On this piano-infused interlude, Silas gets the solo shine for a good 30 seconds. Mood inducing as well, this interlude is the prelude to the track of the same title that follows.
“Envy” feat Nolan
The second and last collaboration on the EP, the beat evokes the automatic head-bump. Nick’s flow is effortless and Nolan gives a heartfelt hook; a great collaboration between Silas, Nick and Nolan.
This boom-bap track allows Nick to give you a friendly reminder of what hip-hop is all about, in case you didn’t know or needed reminding.
This lead single did damage on regional and national charts, peaking at number 6 on 5FM’s HHPN with C-Live and number 8 on YFM’s Hot 9 @ 9.
The production on the track is stellar, and Nick doesn’t hold back one bit.This is a solid offering from Nick Explicit. As much as it’s a build-up to a full-length album, this 7-track EP showcases the lyricism instilled in him. The production is of great quality considering there are no big names credited. Reminiscent of the art of rhyming, Nick’s lyrics are key in this release, and the beats compliment his style effortlessly.
Written by: Siphiwe Zwane (@siphiwe_junior)