Fort Green, Brooklyn native Lucky Tatt drops his debut album “Provenance” entirely produced by Endemic Emerald. Lucky Tatt has been up and coming in the NY scene over the last few years collaborating & getting props from the likes of Lil Fame & Royal Flush.
Originally hailing from the UK, Endemic Emerald’s love of east-coast hip-hop prompted a move to NYC where he has released a notable number of banging tracks featuring the likes of Sean Price, Ill Bill, Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx, Darkim Be Allah, Revenge Of The Truence and many more.
Let me start by saying this. If you are looking for some authentic NY Hip-Hop with actual word play, stories and a message then look no further.
We all have had a turbulent year plus and it’s still ongoing but every cloud has a silver lining as they say. What has been so encouraging is the amount of work artists and creatives have been putting in during this time. Lucky Tatt’s debut album “Provenance” is testament to this. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I first played Tatt’s LP. All I knew when this hit my digital desk was he has worked with Lil Fame one half of M.O.P. [one of my favourite NY rap duos of all time] and had Planet Asia featured on the LP. That was enough for me to know I was in for a musical journey and a half.
First off shoutout to Endemic Emerald who really out did themselves on the production. Each beat truly feels like classic NY underground bangers but yet still so unique and modern. EE’s beats really set the scene and feel of NY and being an older Hip-Hop head it is a pleasant taste of nostalgia. Lucky Tatt doesn’t disappoint on EE’s beats and delivers a well-constructed and thought out album.
After a good few listens I have to say I wasn’t disappointed and felt like I was brought back to my CD-Man days. Believing myself to be a connoisseur of all things Hip-Hop this was a revitalising listen. From the jump “Old School at noon” starts off by Tatt being schooled by an elder funny enough called Old School at noon. OSAN reminds me of chopping it up with my elders who pass on encouragement and wisdom. As the album officially kicks off we are graced with “Konflicted” Ft. Planet Asia. Planet Asia has been one of my favourite underground artists for the longest time so I may be biased. Either way Tatt and Asia deliver a well-balanced combination of metaphors and punchlines with a traditional NY gritty sound, feel and delivery. The intro and second track really set the tone for the rest of the LP. With tracks like “Transition” which has a chilled and horny [as in the instrument] vibe, which Tatt gives us a little insight into who he is and his life right now with impressive wordplay. Tatt doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind on the Black Struggle in America with “Answer to a Question”. Delivering a message of Black empowerment but not afraid to touch on things like Black Wall Street and segregation. All I can say is the message is clear “we got a problem | create a solution | we the answer to our own question | revolution”.
Other tracks on the album that stood out to me were “Sit Back” Ft. Josy, a beautiful track with some great word play from Tatt. Painting a vivid picture of the NY streets and how one has to stay ahead of the game. The cherry on top is Swedish singer Josy who really complements the chilled, laid back feel Endemic Emerald delivers with the beat. “Energy” has that DJ Premier/M.O.P. feel to the beat and Tatt lets us know if your “energy is off |stay over there”. It is definitely a strong head nodder with a cautionary message behind it. Last but not least [as it’s in chronological order] “second hand”. If you ever grew up with little then this is the track for you. Tatt breaks down that “another man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic about the hand-me-downs and how you can make use of things once used.
To finish up I can honestly say I am looking forward to what else Lucky Tatt will bring to the Hip-Hop scene. If this LP is anything to go by then I can expect Tatt going from strength to strength. But being in the present this is definitely a gift to say the least.
Provenance is out now via No Cure Records / Fat Beats / Ingrooves digitally, on CD and on Vinyl.
Jay St Paul
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