Rocks FOE returns to Black Acre with new, eight-track project 'Fight The Good? Fight' - a dark and conceptual record built around the notion of, according to Rocks himself, "everything being an internal and external battle".
A powerful lyricist and complex story-teller, Rocks' sound combines hyper-fierce spitting with his own abstract beat sketches. Having released his impressive debut EP, 'Legion', back in 2015 - a raw, self-produced grime-rap hybrid - he has since remained dormant to the outside world, bar a quick-fire feature on Commodo's 'How What Time' LP in 2016.
Written over the course of that period and entirely self-produced, 'Fight The Good? Fight' digs deeper than ever before into Rocks' psyche, drawing on both religious elements and his own life experiences for much of its lyrical inspiration. He talks money, love, confusion, happiness and ambition, addressing his demons and calling out bullshit along the way.
Musically, 'Fight The Good? Fight' also broadens horizons, with Rocks widening his scope to take in sounds from beyond the sprawling urban landscape of his home town of Croydon. On the two tracks that bookend the record, 'Nitty Gritty' and 'Into My Own Hands', he flows at trademark lightning speed over crunchy rap beats, but its on cuts like 'Downpour' and the wandering spoken-word of 'Red Hand Of Ulster' that he unmasks a new, more vulnerable guise. Toning down his flow to reflect and take stock, it is in these solemn, inward moments that Rocks shines the brightest.
Comfortable spitting acapella, off-beat or even in spoken word - over straight-up rap beats or woozy Commodo instrumentals - he has long been considered one of the UK's most compelling young lyricists, but on 'Fight The Good? Fight', Rocks comes of age proper.
Photo by Mark Surridge
17 May, 2018
The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International artists will be taking part.
Thursday 17th May
...The Night Cafe
...Gaffa Tape Sandy
For further information, consult The Great Escape website.