Vblock Dutch brings that old school hip-hop fire on the intense trip of “Mr Greenoit”. Going for a raw gritty style, his approach possesses a visceral quality. His nods to old school hip-hop are plentiful from the communal spirit of the tracks to the flawless arrangements that serve to punctuate the power of his words. Lyrically he proves to be a masterful storyteller, going from yearning to swagger sometimes within the same verse. Such a nimble wordsmith, his delivery is impeccable as he raps with true authority.
The references to New York City’s greats appear throughout the album, perhaps none as much as the dexterity of Biggie Smalls’, whose influence looms large. Akin to Biggie, Vblock holds absolutely nothing back for many of these tracks present a simultaneous confessional and confrontational tact. Nor is that the only thing going on, for his style extends far outside rap even touching upon Jamaican dancehall, a nod to his roots and the wild way he does it touches upon Equiknoxx’s wild muscular energy. By having such an eclectic spirit, Vblock keeps the listener guessing about what’s going to happen next as the beats incorporate trap, boom bap and more into a swirling mix.
Glowing neon-hued synthesizer with a hint of Afrika Bambaataa starts the album off right on the intense trip of “Call Me Mr Greenonit”. Done with pure swagger, the song has a commanding tenor and Vblock’s vocals go for deep hard-hitting truths. “Act Like You Know (feat. Honi Lane)” features urgently delivered vocals, with a speed that makes the verses almost a blur for they race on by. Elements of dancehall enter the mix on the swirling kaleidoscopic colors of “Homewrecka Nina (feat. Blakk Trell)”. The grooves of “Wuk For Free” has a communal quality with some fantastic interplay. Easily the highlight of the album, it is a pure joy to get lost in the gleeful giddy and confident energy.
Stripped down to the essentials the elastic rhythms of “Jockne” goes further into the dancehall. For “Lite Green” he lets the track build itself up into a sheer force of nature for there is a physicality to the work. Deft beats skitter within the unhinged approach of “Metric” for his flow here feels particularly potent. Lovely swaying grooves capture the very zeitgeist with the sprawling ambition of “Quarantine Blues (feat. Tyrese)”. Beats here tap into an EDM approach, as Vblock delves into a sense of yearning, of a desire for togetherness again.
“Mr Greenonit” shows off Vblock Dutch’s uncanny flows with a sense of grace that comes from a life lived to the absolute fullest.