Thursday, January 13th, 2022

D-Block Europe ft. Central Cee – Overseas

Also for some reason Central Cee was in the Sound of 2022, but this is just convenient scheduling TBH…


Leah Isobel: Men.

Samson Savill de Jong: I feel like I should be offended by this song on some level, but I’m not at all, and honestly that is the song’s major failing. This should ruffle some feathers, get the old and stale’s knickers in various states of twisted, but it’s just another bland pop rap song. Competently produced, with lyrics that definitely exist but don’t really demand to be listened to. It’s just fine.

Scott Mildenhall: It seems a bit like D-Block Europe didn’t know what this song was going to be about until they enlisted Central Cee to complete it. “Well, I have this one idea,” he said, and never a truer word were uttered. As grim as his one-note bellowing gets, it’s best to find bathos in the reality that this man is literally twice as old as a lot of his fans.

Oliver Maier: Young Adz and Dirtbike LB are pitiful vocalists, and don’t deliver a single worthwhile topline or bar between them. Cee is dependably loathsome.

Andrew Karpan: Slinky pop made of images of desire, the biggest hit yet from this Lewisham duo is a document of globalization that befits the name on the tin, a moniker that opens up possibilities like “Wu-Tang Clan London Office” and “A$AP Crew Regional Affiliate.” The managerial mindset predominates; money changes everything, even if it comes in slowly. “Worker is misbehaving, chuck him out,” proclaims Young Adz, perhaps to impress Offset, who appears elsewhere on the duo’s late 2021 tape. Against this backdrop, however, Central Cee makes a surprisingly solid case for himself as a minor icon of UK drill.

Edward Okulicz: Christ, what an asshole.

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