Taking the first stride in the weekly DiSCOVERY marathon is South-London's supreme - 'Ling Hussle', who's mammoth motivational mixtape - 'Spirit Soul' is carefully carved into the DiSCOVERY 'Project Of The Week' archives.
Released just over a fortnight ago; those who have allowed the intimate, immersive sounds of 'Spirit Soul' engulf them will no doubt be basking in pleasure, on 'Paradise Palms'. 'Spirit Soul' comprises of 17, tactically positioned tracks, with each serving poignant purpose, and sharing equal echelons of advanced ability.
For those who are unfamiliar with Ling Hussle, it is almost impossible to compact her vast array of talent into a short, concise synopsis, however, we will delve in at the deep end, and give it a real good go.
In our opinion, Ling Hussle possesses the world renowned lyrical attributes of 'Little Simz', whilst factoring in angelic, 'Jorja Smith' like melodies. Although this gives you a somewhat accurate indication into Ling Hussle's artistic approach, this is a loose comparison, which is absolute testament to her unrivalled uniqueness.
All artists have career shaping influences, however, some portray their role models with more opacity than others. Throughout 'Spirit Soul', Ling Hussle expertly delivers transparent lyrics which showcase her admiration for 'Meek Mill', and unsurprisingly, 'Nipsey Hussle', who's legacy has positively effected a plethora of industry individuals' content.
This influence double act is relayed during the opening track of the 'Spirit Soul' sprint - 'RUNNING', where Ling Hussle advises listeners she is "crossing off my bucket list, pissed I couldn't fuck with Nip but, one day imma have a song with Meek Mill".
After addressing this in 'RUNNING', segments of Nipsey Hussle's commitment to greatness, and Meek Mill's tenacious grit are present to be heard throughout the remainder of the 'Spirit Soul' spectacle. This is empowering.
Please see some particularly strong, and relatable pieces of the 'Spirit Soul' puzzle below:
"Long nights, long days, used to write my bars in the hallway. Spotlights, on stage, now you see my name, we're on the way" (ON THE WAY)
"I'm so happy that we made it, we been real, couldn't fake it. They didn't see the dream, now they rating, we the GOATS no debating" (MILLIONAIRE)
"I wanna have it all, paintings on the wall, waiter at my door, diamonds on the floor, when I feel I've made enough, keep on getting more" (EARLY BIRD GETS THE WRAITH)
As the best artists do, it seems Ling Hussle has harnessed personal injustices to create real-life, empathetic anthems on 'Spirit Soul'. It is clear to hear that at some point in Ling Hussle's lifetime, she has been ill-treated by a partner. Whilst this was no doubt a heart-wrenching period for Ling Hussle, it has given her ample ammunition to create 'Spirt Soul' masterpieces such as:
It is worth noting that 'Spirit Soul' is an outstandingly complete, consistent body of work, however, elements of the project will appeal to some more than others. With this in mind, we are, as always, keen to provide you with our honest, individual track ratings. Please see below:
RUNNING - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
ON THE WAY - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
FAKE LOVE - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
MILLIONAIRE - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
100% - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
GANG SHIT - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
REAL - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
REVENGE - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1942 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
BIG - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
YOUR DECISIONS - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WRAITH - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
DEEP END - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
IMPERFECT - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
GIO - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
1 OF 1 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
SINS / SPIRIT SOUL - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Average rating - 4.2 / 5
Track Of The Project - 'MILLIONAIRE'
No matter who we write about, some things never change, the 'Track Of The Project' never becomes any easier to allocate. With 8 out of 17 songs scoring an incredible 5/5 stars, Ling Hussle has spoilt us for choice. We are not complaining.
Music is of course a matter of opinion, and timing can be imperative also. For us, 'MILLIONAIRE' provides listeners with everything - a catchy, diverse hook, meaningful, motivational lyrics, and a relatable message for anyone who is striving for greatness. This is why 'MILLIONAIRE' claims the DiSCOVERY 'Track Of The Project'.
As always, thanks for reading, and once you have listened to 'Spirit Soul', please comment your thoughts in the section below, or of course, on Instagram.
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