South London rapper KAM-BU’s debut EP, Black On Black, has arrived. In his own words, KAM-BU described the 10-tracker as “an ode to the Windrush generation, its descendants, and all diaspora in foreign lands.”
Boasting a varied palette of beats from PULLEN, Kurisu, Leon Vynehall, Tom Henry, Venna, Knucks and HYLNU, Black On Black rotates between pro-Black, socially conscious numbers such as “Black On Black” and visceral drill-themed heaters like “Dumpling”. Throughout its ten songs, KAM-BU’s forward-thinking and attention-grabbing bars will leave you spun, with every passing stanza mirroring a dense poem over trippy 808s.
While there is a large number of producers on the EP, KAM-BU enlists only two guest features: North London’s Knucks, who features on “Call Me Back”, and rising singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri, who appears on “Stuck”.
KAM-BU dropped the visuals for his Knucks-assisted project closer, “Call Me Back”, to coincide with the EP’s release. The monochromatic visuals, directed by Jay Green, see the two rappers cruise through London’s streets, shot with trippy effects, as they try to evade the feds.
Despite being his debut project, KAM-BU comes across as a seasoned vet on Black On Black, fully equipped with tight instrumentals, razor-sharp bars and reflective subject matter. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Stream the project in full below.