Youngs Teflon's new Blood EP & 'Broken Safety' visuals
Announced just two weeks ago, we are now delivered Young Teflon’s new project Blood, along with the real and honest ‘Broken Safety’, and its visuals.
The South London rapper takes track four as extra promo for the project release and partners it with bleak, realist visuals that coincide with the narrative of the record. As Teflon states in a paragraph displayed towards the end of the video (found below), this track represents firearms - the violence; the losses; the disaster, impact, and realities. As a spoken introduction, the rap veteran describes his early life, experience, and emotion towards guns.
“I was kinda normalised to it from a younger age. I've definitely seen what it does to people life's, families, and communities. Definitely seen the effects. I'd hear gun shots on my estate, then I started seeing guns at parties. I wasn't going out of my area seeing these things, these were things I was seeing really close to where I was living. At the end of the day it's a losing game. You can't build anything with a gun.”
He proceeds to rap from the perspective of the weapon which creates a chilling atmosphere by giving this forceful object a voice. Whilst the music video, directed by Netti Hurley, unravels lifestyles that firearms are connect to; beginning and ending with a small infant - potentially the most effected by this cold practice. Interestingly we can evaluate the title ‘Broken Safety’ in an understanding of the frivolous and dangerous nature of gun use, but also of the broken safety of the community effected by these actions.
For those of us that don’t come from that environment, Teflon (as is often with his raps) paints a vivid picture and describes the surrounding workings that he is accustomed to. For those from that life, hopefully it presents some sort of connection, realisation, and positive transformation. For those of us that do not, we cannot begin to understand this or have any part in speaking on the subject. However, this glimpse Teflon provides, can in a sense, move those with better opportunities to help those without; seek ways that they can support if possible; and certainly not issue quick, uninformed judgement. The record is a combined effort of local forces in the London community - produced by Carns Hill; recorded at Hill Production Studios; and mixed and mastered by Fumez the Engineer.
Blood genuinely portrays Teflon’s musical diversity and extraordinary talent in translating his life, stories and surrounding into lyrics. ‘Intro’ kicks it off with a phenomenal feel. We are focused on Jimmy for the first minute and a half, sinking further and further into captivation from his cold bars, before Slay Productions beat evolves into an upbeat, bouncy anthem (however he mixed than kick is genius). ‘3am in Brixton’ fuses a soulful samples with some deep subs. With a melody that could be matched well on R&B, the low-end takes it to a heavier place that houses Teflon in his direct, gritty, story-telling stance. Whilst, ‘Lambeth’ concludes the project on a fiery UK drill flex.
Youngs Teflon proves time and time again that he is an excellent artist; has a quality ear for instrumentals; a treasure in the UK rap game; and one that seems to have transcended into a realm of rap royalty.