South-London based lyricist, 'Poundz', has been disturbing the scene in the capital for some time now and his fresh seven song mixtape, 'No Smoke Without Fire', proves the aforementioned proverb to be accurate; the smoke that Poundz has cleverly created plumes from his previously hidden, fire-filled tracks.
'No Smoke Without Fire' was released on April 23rd 2021 and consists of an admirable mixture of viral drill anthems, such as the 'Opp Thot (Remix)', but also a strong segment of seductive, slept-on rap riddims like 'Love You First'. This diverse approach is delightful.
As returning readers will understand, the purpose of our articles is to dissect and hopefully direct traffic towards under-appreciated and under-listened to UK rap music; with this in mind, some may be wondering why we are focusing our valuable attention on the already profitable Poundz.
To answer that inevitable query, tracks like 'Love You First', amongst others are perched in the vast viral shadow of 'Tik Tok' and 'Opp Thot (Remix)'; we hope this document will shine a ray of exposure on the less well known elements of 'No Smoke Without Fire'.
From a whole project perspective, as you would expect, Poundz does a sterling job of delivering delectable flows, memorable hooks, and precise punchlines. What you would not expect is the huge levels of transparency and intimacy on show - two attributes you would not associate with Poundz with 'Opp Thot' ringing in the back of your mind:
"I could never wifey a Opp Thot, give me that neck come bop bop
I just wanna jeet and skeet don't use no teeth, gyal give me that slop top"
The unanticipated venerable side to Poundz that is exposed throughout various points of 'No Smoke Without Fire' is uber refreshing, and is the music from the project that we would choose to zip around in a car to.
With our thoughts and favourite points on 'No Smoke Without Fire' seemingly clear, we wanted to go one further and to detail our individual track ratings below:
Pull Up & Squeeze - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Get Rich N Get Paid - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Love You First - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Tik Tok - 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Chocolate Darling (Ft BackRoad Gee & iLL BLU) - 🌟🌟🌟
Bando Kicks - 🌟🌟🌟
Opp Thot (Remix)(Ft Ambush Buzzworl, Snap Capone &Yxng Bane) - 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Average rating - 4.14 / 5
Track Of The Project - Love You First
Perhaps as expected we have the most admiration for the less 'typical' Poundz tracks on 'No Smoke Without Fire', and in truth, as you can see from the ratings, we have three 'favourite tracks', however, if we had to pick one it would indeed be 'Love You First'.
The subdued, string-heavy instrumental married with Poundz's honey-smooth harmonies and love-induced lyrics makes for the perfect romanic rap, and we love it.
To be clear, the whole 'No Smoke Without Fire' project is incredible, but everyone will have different favourite tracks - with this in mind, we encourage you to listen to the whole mixtape now by clicking here.
Thanks - DiSCOVERY