RAY BLK kills it with punchy new track ‘Patience (Freestyle)’
Fresh out of the UK, South London rapper/vocalist RAY BLK has once more provided us with a track of punchy, smooth gliding rap on her new track, ‘Patience (Freestyle)’.
Just a few months ago, we saw the release of ‘Chill Out’ that was a collaborative effort with fellow Brit, SG LEWIS, and was plucked straight off her mini album DURT. With the catchy chorus and pristine production still dully humming in the back of our heads, we couldn’t wait to hear more.
Others seem to think so too, with the 22-year-old becoming the proud owner of the BBC’s Sound of 2017 title. Amongst stacks of other accomplishments, spotlight performances on hit shows and a monumental last release that featured STORMZY and WRECH 3,this young talent has definitely no ‘Patience’ when it comes to showing us her insane talents.
‘Patience’ is an empowering track, showcasing her ability to transition from falsetto choruses to her modern overlay of rap. The track starts off with a light, sparkling intro of synthesisers, which warmly welcomes you like a hug from Nana, before – in true BLK style – she belts out a vocally driven chorus, ‘They’re running just to get in first place, I’m walking going at my own pace, I’m great, they say slow and steady wins the race’. Once deconstructed, the track demonstrates BLK’s artistry platform and undoubtedly successful work ethics in such a viciously competitive industry. The track is compiled with perfectly combined samples that are aware of her breathtaking vocals and allow them to reach their full potential. ‘Patience’ entices you from the get go, but it’s her flow of rap that becomes the highlight demonstrating her fiery and above all, kick-ass rhythmic flow.
BLK is pushing through barriers and breaking down walls with the talent of placing each of her individual skills in the limelight and making them seamlessly mould together to make sounds reminiscent of the first flower of spring; delicate, beautiful and one of a kind. ‘Patience’ is yet another example of this and we not only employ you to listen… we insist.
Words by NATALIE TURNER