James Blood – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

Newcomer James Blood offers a raft of very predictable lines about sending texts to the wrong person or attempting gangsta rap, using language inappropriate to his background. But he is surprisingly young, so maybe he’ll learn.

Actually, though, he didn’t seem so youthful until he decided to read from his diary from the age of 16, supposedly revealing his mid-teen naivity… only to tell us the diary was from 2003. In his world Eminem’s 8 Mile is ancient nostalgia, so he treated us to the rhymes he ‘laid down’ under its influence – which unfortunately worked about as well as comedy as they did in his rap battle. Bee-atch.

Review date: 21 Oct 2008
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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