Updated: May 8, 2020
The first domino of the DiSCOVERY week is toppled by East-London's highly talented lyricist - 'Mover' after he claims the sought after 'Project Of The Week' DiSCOVERY accolade. Mover is presented with our 'Project Of The Week' trophy in appreciation of his first, and last incredible body of work - 'Exit Wounds' which has a sorrowful, yet captivating background story attached to it.
'Exit Wounds' was released in 2017, 2 years after Mover was sentenced to life in prison, a charge related to murder. Whilst the rap / hip-hop scene is tragically no stranger to this level of vicious violence, fans of the rapidly growing genre should not become accustomed, or numb to the negative element of what is generally a vastly positive form of aggression release.
With 'Exit Wounds' surge onto the streets coming after two years behind bars, the un-deciphered riddle is "where did this content come from?". A common occurrence within the music industry when an artist can no longer generate their sound, is to reinvent unreleased, pre-recorded content. We have seen this from the likes of Cadet, 2Pac, and many more world renowned musicians. In Mover's scenario, this is allegedly not the case.
It is widely reported that the entirety of Mover's 'Exit Wounds' was recorded from Belmarsh maximum security prison in South-London, with Mover utilising just a mobile phone to record his material. If this is factual, it makes the quality of Mover's 'Exit Wounds' body of work vastly more impressive.
The 'Exit Wounds' project itself provides listeners with 15 expertly delivered, versatile tracks, and 1 scene setting synopsis-type intro. Whilst Mover's titanic levels of talent are undeniably clear to be heard throughout the duration of 'Exit Wounds', scars infested with violent demons no doubt remain un-healed. This is apparent when analysing Mover's pre, and post prosecution pieces of music.
To put this in transparent perspective, we strongly suggest that you view Mover's excellent 2013 appearance on GRM Daily series - 'Rated', which can be done by engaging with the photo below. Especially poignant quotes enclosed in this phenomenal freestyle are:
"now he's thinking bout the bird that he's holding, all because he stabbed man spur of the moment"
"even in the Church I feel to roll with the pistol, cos I aint ever easy less I walk with the toast"
Shockingly, mirror-like messages are portrayed throughout Mover's 'Exit Wounds' project. Whist this unchanged behaviour shines a devil-red light on Mover's being, the lack of reform shown is strong insight into the fact that UK prisons are simply not doing enough to assist inmates in becoming better people. This is appalling.
To again point out some striking quotes, this time from 'Exit Wounds', please see below:
"the rain pouring, tryna leave a nigga orphan. They got me locked, we took a life away, either way, imma get these millies imma find away" (Muni Calling)
"used to roll with my burner, now it's all blade in my toothbrush" (Take My Life)
Whilst we are keen to make it absolutely apparent that DiSCOVERY condemn such violence, it is our remit to find, and review incredible, under-listened to, UK rap music, and 'Exit Wounds' by Mover fits that ethos like a glove. Hence this articles existence.
As always, we are keen to conclude this 'Project Of The Week' write up by providing you with our personal ratings on each 'Exit Wounds' track:
Intro - N/A
Beige - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
EA - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Call Me Muni - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tick Tick (Ft Potter Payper) - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Got It Like Me - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Next Day - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
One Call - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Conversation With A Fan - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Four Page Letter - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Gullier (Ft Rimzee) - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All Mad - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Normal - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Acting - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Muni Calling - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Take My Life - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Average rating - 4.26 / 5
Tracks Of The Project - 'Conversation With A Fan' / 'Take My Life'
With 8 out of 15 tracks being presented with top DiSCOVERY marks, allocating a singular superior song was near impossible, so we haven't. We have opted for selecting the two most translucent tracks on the project, in our opinion, which are 'Conversation With A Fan', and 'Take My Life'. After taking in the lyrics enclosed in each song, we felt an atom-like bond with Mover, not to mention, the instrumentals are incredible.
As always, thanks for reading and once you have listened to 'Exit Wounds', please comment your thoughts in the section below, or of course, on Instagram.