26 year old MI-based artist, Son of Andy is no ordinary rapper. How could he be, the guy loves David Bowie. Currently working full time at a book store, while chasing his dreams, Son of Andy drops his EP “Wendigo” on the 10th of January. A very impressive and timely piece, Son of Andy narrates his 360° vision with not only consummate confidence, but also honesty and vulnerability. He literally turns images of deep thought into little works of art. How many so-called artists in our new rap culture can actually do such a thing? Few can match his unique and at times strange alchemy.
Running on high octane lyricism from the first track to the last, I definitely held impossibly high expectations for Son of Andy, which were thankfully all met. Ever since the demise of Eminem, whenever a new white rapper comes onto my radar I cringe for fear of being deluded yet again.
This time I needn’t have worried. There will no doubt be many fans and newbies who are going to enjoy the amount of sustained beast-mode bravado, but Son of Andy offers so much more.
He is a multi-dimensional rapper, so it’s not just the rhymes and flow, but the whole charismatic package Son of Andy brings to the table. Skills don’t always translate into chart positions and sales but as an artist, vocalist and lyricist, Son of Andy is in a rare class. Intricate wordplay, coupled with gripping content, set against his personal experiences.
I’m not sure whether the world that frames the premise of the EP is fictional, but there are very many down to earth, poignant and personal moments interspersed throughout the record. Making “Wendigo” solid from a musical standpoint, and an enjoyable listen from beginning to end.
The EP is well-crafted, thrilling, humbling… and even brilliant in places. The production is right in his wheelhouse, letting Son of Andy weave his lyrics under the strength of some creative music – which sometimes can be fully fleshed out musical arrangements like “Take Aim Ft.Tha Villain, Freestyle Fanatic, EX1” and “Caffeine [SIDE B]”, or at others it can be a bare boned guitar and voice soundscape such as “Moneyclips & Worrystones Ft.Randolph William Harvey”. Son Of Andy also gives us a taste of his singing on the title track “The Wendigo”.
These tracks are probably tunes you will not be hearing on the radio anytime soon. But I think that’s far from Son of Andy’s aim. He is probably looking for a direct line to his audiences, and goes in deep here, touching and moving you with original sound and thought.
He exhibits a great deal of maturity and continuity without losing any of the rawness that you’d come to expect from any talented rapper. Intricacy and intelligence of lyrics and delivery is also a staple with this young man. So just scoop up the EP when released, sit down, douse the lights and pay close attention!