What You Need To Know - February 22, 2019

Giggs' Big Bad: What You Need To Know
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Giggs' Big Bad: What You Need To Know

It has been three years since the release of the last proper studio album from Giggs, the Peckham-born rapper and nemesis of the Metropolitan Police who first emerged on the scene in 2007 with his track 'Talkin' Da Hardest', but this week he's back with brand new album.

Big Bad arrives today and features 18 brand new tracks, as well as a guest list that includes Jadakiss and Wretch 32. Here's everything you need to know...

 

A little background...

In the three years that have elapsed since the release of Giggs' fourth studio album, 2016's Landlord, the rapper has popped up here and there as a guest artist, including two tracks on Drake's 2017 album More Life, as well as releasing his own 2017 mixtape Wamp 2 Dem.

Besides a low-key album announcement on January 7th, there hasn't been much in the way of information on Big Bad and it was only yesterday that the first single from the new album, '187', made its debut online. You can find the video for the new track at the bottom of this page...

 

Any special guests?

Besides the already mentioned Jadakiss, who puts in an appearance on 'Mic Check', and Wretch 32, who adds his vocal talents to 'Gwop Expenses', the album also includes contributions from Ghetts, Swizz Beats, Labrinth, Gashi, Lil' Yachty, French Montana and Theophilus London.

 

What does it sound like?

The first half of the album is filled with dark, brooding beats, especially on towering tracks like 'Set It Off' and but there are some diversions too, with R&B vibes on songs such as the Labrinth-produced 'Don't Go Hungry' and on 'Talk About It', which features both Theophilus London and Kristian Hamilton. Early stand-outs include opening salvo 'Great Collectives', the grinding 'Baby' and the Ghetts-featuring 'Run Me Down'.

 

Does it deliver?

Big Bad is every bit as heavy as you'd hope from a new Giggs album, but there are some mellow moments too and, lyrically speaking, the Hollowman is on top form here.