Snak The Ripper – Just Giver [Review]
Vancouver, BC - In July of 2013, Snak The Ripper founded Stealth Bomb Records and news of the new label blew up all over the internet. Snak finished 2013 with a relentless tour schedule making stops throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. Following the tour, Snak worked tirelessly in the studio to bring us his latest album Just Giver.
Put this album in a time capsule and you can’t say it’s not a dope body of work. Everything fits together well; Snak’s verses are on-point and the beats are head-nod-able. Isolate Snak from the beats and you’ve got a first class rap performance with blitzes of wordplay and poetic devices.
“Hold the heat like an oven mitt”
“My circle smaller than an anorexic waistline”
Both entertaining and clever. Honest storytelling and lyrics you can relate to are what make Just Giver worth listening to more than once.
“This is the sound of vandalism from the ground the man has risen/ grammar in my mannerisms, givin’ rap this aneurysm/ they can’t even stand the sight you backin’ down I plan to fight/ and every single jam I write, wrote in blood by candlelight”
He’s so damn ferocious. If he were a wild animal he wouldn’t even need to attack his prey he’d just growl at it and have it die as a result of fear. All his flows are delivered with such passion and his one of a kind voice has never sounded better.
There’s also something so likeable and genuine about Snak. Not once do you think to yourself that he’s trying to sound like someone else. He’s got his own style and sound and it’s just so him. Even if you don’t like it, you have to respect it. This guy is just being himself and it’s very real. He’s a good ambassador to the lower middle class as well. His lyrics are easy to follow but at the same time tell real stories and speak from the heart. Sure there’s a lot of “drink til I puke and smoke til I sleep” type of stuff but you’ve also got more sensitive lines about his family and friends. On “Rest In Peace” Snak uses his three verses to write three poems to deceased loved ones in heaven.
“I worry for my brother and my dad every day/ Cause when it comes to drinkin’ liquor all of us are the same/ Got an addictive personality, it runs in my veins/ I pray for the power to overcome the things I could change/ I know you did your best to fight it, you had a big heart/ You used to let my mother rest to take the kids to the park”.
There’s no shortage of diversity on Just Giver and Snak demonstrates that under the hardcore exterior he’s still just a man with a heart like the rest of us.
A standout verse from Merkules on “Too Deep” and additional vocals from fellow Stealth Bomb artist Jaclyn Gee are welcomed additions to the album. D-Rec adds scratching to a handful of songs which really help to bring things up that one extra level. You could easily imagine yourself at a backyard kegger in the middle of summer when listening to Just Giver. It has that recklessness and raw energy that could turn your average librarian into a pole dancer with just one song. On the albums opening track Snak raps:
“I must have struck the lotto/ Used to fuck with other girls but now I fuck a model/ Is this life or Grand Theft Auto?”
You’ll most likely be thinking the same thing as well and wishing you had a 40 – or maybe one in each hand.
Snak The Ripper is an immensely talented emcee, there’s no question. His performance on Just Giver is stimulating and inspiring. The album’s first single “Eight Hours A Day” speaks to almost everyone and paints pictures that we can take something special from. It begs the question, what could he have done with a different, more modern sounding selection of beats? But let’s not look ahead to the future just yet because there is still one album right here waiting to be enjoyed. Head on over to iTunes and Just Giver.
Written by Max Dishaw for HipHopCanada
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