Following on from Come my Way, which we fell for just a few short weeks ago, South London MC Benjamin A.D. returns with the similarly brilliant Mandatory Mantra, looking inside himself for the lyrical inspiration and focusing on his inner demons.
Over this tumbling, slightly dark and twisted accompaniments, with sprawling drums and and this eerie electronic/piano/synth line that repeats ad infinitum for the most of the track, his rhymes are still as sharply observed as ever, as he lays down these soulful breaks as well. Its the sound of a man on top of his game right now.
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It’s accompanied by a stripped back, and infinitely more raw version on the visuals, beautifully shot in black and white and featuring illustrations from the artist Taniel Rave, which flash across the stream representing those inner demons. Check it out, below.