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Mike Boyd’s Number 1’s: Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream ft. Mike Boyd [Audio]

Enfield, NSMike Boyd‘s really been setting things off with his weekly Mike Boyd’s Number 1’s series. Mike hit us up to let us know that he’d dropped his latest couple of instillations. We just hit you with his verse over top of Calvin Harris’ “Summer.” And now we’ve got a really dope verse that Mike dropped over top of Ed Sheeran’s “Bloodstream.”

And in case you’re not familiar with the series, here’s how it all pans out: each week, Mike records a verse to a #1 single; regardless of whether he loves it or hates it. These verses lead up to the premiere of Mike’s forthcoming single release, “1 Hit Wonder.” Check out Mike’s “Bloodstream” verse below, and head over to Mixcloud to peep the rest of the series.


Mike Boyd's Number 1's: Ed Sheeran - Bloodstream ft. Mike Boyd [Audio] -

I love how Mike’s been using this series to develop himself as an artist. His recently-launched …Note The Sarcasm LP was pure Mike Boyd-y silly shenanigans. Mike does self-deprecating, dead-pan humour very well. But it’s rare to see him get in touch with his feelers. His recent verse over “All Of Me” by John Legend gave us a glimpse into those darker corners of the Mike Boyd mindset. He touched on some relationship regrets and made amends. It was honest. It was uncomfortable. And consequently, it was beautiful.

That being said, this verse is probably one of my favourites, so far. Because it’s so entirely raw and unlike the Mike I’m used to. He gives us a very serious commentary on substance abuse (over top of an Ed Sheeran track, nonetheless): “I just want to put the bottle down/ But I get depressed when it’s not around/ I keep my sorrows to myself.” Mike goes deep into the struggle of using alcohol as a crutch to cope with anxieties. And it’s too relatable – even if you don’t have substance issues. This verse just goes deep into the addictive mindset. Through listening to this verse, I feel like I bonded with Mike. Emotions happened.

And if you’re looking to listen the comedic funny-pants rapping that is Mike’s M.O., you should go download …Note The Sarcasm (released via Halflife Records Inc./Universal Music Canada) over here.

Twitter: @MikeBoyd31 | @HalflifeRecords

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