Chaos 93' - Ocean Wisdom
By Benjamin Irons
Straight off the back of his debut EP Splittin' the Racket back in 2015, Brighton's most promising rap artist Ocean Wisdom announced the first chapter in his fledgling career in the alternative rap scene with the release of his debut full length Chaos 93' just the other day - and it's huge.
Produced by big-mouthed Cambridge outfit Dirty Dike, who recruited Ocean Wisdom to High Focus Records back in 2013 and aided production for the Walkin' single and Splittin' the Racket EP last year, the latest addition to the duo's hopeful catalogue boasts cameos from the likes of Jamaican-English rapper Darren Kandler, aka Klashnekoff, as well as Luna C and even Foreign Beggars.
Chaos 93' perfectly demonstrates the work ethic of both Wizzy and Dirty Dike alike; with the accumulating hype surrounding the album's release, the pair failed to succumb to the already sky-high expectations, delivering on a hugely respectable scale. Pushing aside the album's opening pair "Walkin'" and "Splittin' the Racket", the follower "High Street", a beat that will have you tirelessly bouncing, exhibits Wizzy's unrivalled lyrical ability and energy that really sets the tempo for the rest of the album.
Be it the intimidating, deep-bass scrim from "Devilish" or the attacking percussion heard in "Mazin' Hazin'", Wizzy models a versatile character elegantly around Dirty Dike's god-like production. "Freeze" featuring Dirty Dike and Edward Scissortongue, drapes in-your-face poetics with a Portishead style backbeat that is simple yet arguably the most arresting track on the album. "O Kiddi K" features North London MC Remus who boasts a destructive lyrical flow making it my most overplayed track. Unmistakably, Foreign Beggars bring their A-game to produce "Doolally", a punchy loud-mouthed anthem that is shamelessly bold.
Attitude is set aside towards the end of the album, where tracks like "Imaginary?", "4U" (featuring Jam Baxter) and "W.A.Y.D." accommodate a more soulful description whilst still demonstrating an immense pen-game. In short, every track on the album is utterly flawless. Theres no doubt that Ocean Wisdom's pace and energy on the mic is beyond comparison and draws a complete parallel between himself and the magician that is Dirty Dike. Wizzy's ability is novel and the sheer concoction of dynamics and lyrical intelligence on all 17 tracks speak for themselves and send a daring message to anyone looking to overthrow an apprentice as talented as Ocean Wisdom at the highest level. The future is looking bright.