DiSCOVERY's first ever "Project Of The Week" winner goes to Chasing Dragons by the vastly talented and at present, under appreciated "Artan".
Chasing Dragons was released on the 13th of March 2020, which in many ways was the beginning of the dark, COVID-19 storm which later engulfed the whole of the UK. Luckily for avid rap fans, Artan shed a strong beacon of light on all of those who are willing to open their eyes and ears to the versatile genius of Chasing Dragons, making the early stages of the infamous "lockdown" period seem somewhat bearable.
Artan's much anticipated mixtape consists of 10, well thought out and expertly placed tracks. As mentioned, a string Artan has to his bow that many in the same arena do not, is indescribable versatility. Throughout the duration of Artan's 31 minute gift to the human race there is a pure fusion of angelic melodies and hard hitting verses brimming with focused aggression. This is especially apparent in songs such as "Whym I High?" and "Sleep".
Not have enough time to make your own strategic track ratings? This may help you allocate your valuable, spare moments of the day to the very best of Chasing Dragons, please see my individual song ratings below:
Bank Account - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Paper Planes - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Whym I High? - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Xanny - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Best Life Freestyle - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Too Tired - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
No Sleeping - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Stop - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
With You - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Zoobie Song (Outro) - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Average rating - 4.2 / 5
Track Of The Project - "Whym I High?"
Picking the pinnacle of such a masterpiece of a project was tough. As you can see above, 4 out of 10 tracks warranted top marks, however, for me, there is a clear winner in "Whym I High?". The beautiful simplicity of the stripped back beat accompanied by the purest of melodies, clearly showcases Artan's vulnerable side and has come together to create an almost faultless piece of music. You guessed it, the only fault is, the fact it ends far too soon.
A few poignant verses, delivered effortlessly by Artan during "Whym I High" are:
"out of everybody I've met, my f*cking cabbies still the wisest. He said money isn't everything, only thing you need is good friends, 4 walls and a roof that you can settle in, you'll soon be on to better things. But he doesn't know about the dept in mind, or when I took out Uni loans for ketamine".
"heard the only person standing between victory is you, I know the feeling when you're talented but don't know what to do and everybody's doing well and you don't know which path to choose"
"I've been saying it for years, if you got dreams then go and catch them"
If like me the "Whym I High?" audio is simply not enough, Artan has also released a suitably perfect film to compliment the vocals.
To conclude, I strongly suggest that you immerse yourself in Artan's vocals and more importantly, keep a peeled eye out for his future work.
Thanks for reading - Lawrie