NY’s Johnny VúDOE is an excellent rapper, his bars touching the beat with immense eloquence. The song that first put me onto his talent was ‘DOLO’, which contained top notch storytelling over hazy, summery production. His most recent track ‘In The Summer’ continued these themes, with a glimmering beat peppered with melodic licks serving as the backdrop for the MC’s latest piece of lyrical warfare. VúDOE’s flow is gruff, sticky and constantly shifting on top of the dynamic production, wrapping itself to an intense climax in just over a minute. Guest rapper Azo Woods brings an equally impressive verse, matching the harsh, brazen energy of the barred-out opening. Both have perfectly analysed this beat, locating ideal pockets to sharpen their flows and bring greater impact to their grim tales of death and depression. In my opinion, this is the best track VúDOE has created to date and a likely indicator of the upwards trajectory his music will very soon take.

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