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You’d be hard pressed to find a rapper with a less appropriate name than Boogie. In the realm of unsuitable guises, it’s along the lines of boxers Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham or Audley ‘A Force’ Harrison. Graham – a skilled southpaw – wasn’t exactly known for bombing out opponents, mustering just 28 knockouts in 54 fights, while Harrison proved anything but a force in the professional game. The Olympic gold medallist managed to land just one punch on target in his heavyweight championship loss to David Haye before succumbing to a third round knockout.
Boogie, you see, doesn’t really do anything of the sort. Thirst 48, his first full-length release, is one of the least danceable tapes imaginable. It’s a shadowy, woozy piece of hard boiled hip-hop noir; all blurred synths and crawling drum machines. And Boogie doesn’t so much spit as he does slurs, with his laidback style sometimes leaning into more spoken word territory than rapping. That’s not to say that Thirst 48 is an unfocused piece or that Boogie isn’t a very good MC – he is. The Angelino’s vocal stylings have accurately been compared to Chance the Rapper, though his favoured choice of beat couldn’t be more different than Chance’s bright toy chest of sounds.