Mad About Bars w/ Kenny Allstar [S3.E34] - Today’s track of the day comes from London based rapper Unknown T, whose Mad About Bars has the potential to be one of the most impressive freestyles of the year.
Unknown T takes on three different instrumentals for his Mad About Bars that all maintain very murky and intensely dark sounds, which play into Unknown T’s favour and fuses perfectly with his dark monotone voice and cadence. The Mad About Bars, which last for about 7 minutes literally gets better as it goes along, Unknown T not only provides each beat with a flurry of menacing and brash lyrics but maintains a sound and tone that gives him an advantage over his peers within the scene.
With UK Drill artists like LD, R6, AM & Digga D, it‘s a very noticeable feature that having a naturally deep and monotone sound within this genre creates a type vibe sonically that cannot be easily replicated. Unknown T is definitely among these artists, as his natural tone allows for him to further compliment the moody and dark nature of UK Drill instrumentals and lyrical topics of focus.
However, throughout this freestyle, you realise that Unknown T does not really solely on his vocal delivery, as he blends a variety of intriguing and alternating flows within the freestyle and consistently provides interesting and exciting rhythms onto each instrumental. Unknown T’s sound at various points sound very influential of the Grime era but also seems to have a very Dancehall aesthetic to it at other points, all the while he stays very comfortably within the essence of the UK drill sound.
This as a whole I believe gives Unknown T a huge advantage right now, especially in a scene where a lot of his peers are being accused of sounding boring, repetitive and too similar to other artists. Unknown T has mastered the ability to incorporate the Grime and Dancehall genres within his drill sound, keeping it constantly fresh and intriguing. Unknown T definitely has the potential to have a big influence on the current drill sound and scene and only proved this further with this freestyle. Be sure to check the track below.