The Best In Irish HipHop

Siyo - Shinobi Flow

Fri, 2012-04-20 15:43 -- lop3z

Well known Dublin emcee Siyo hit 2012 hard and fast with the new video for his track Shinobi Flow. The Artane native is one of the most recognisable heads in the game, both for his place in the Irish HipHop scene and for the amicable character he is too. Rapping with a number of years, he got his start at an open mic night ran by Alan Newman. From this he connected with Terawrizt and Collie and began recording his own tracks. Siyo has released two mixtapes since his entry to the scene, Fresh Out The Gaff Vol.1 and Weapons Of Mass Creation. He has also been spending his time honing his skills on the battle scene both here and abroad participating in both Don't Flop in the U.K. and our own national battle league D.F.I. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"277","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft size-medium wp-image-634","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"300","height":"248","title":"422464_2429160547170_1796281652_1524469_591688760_n","alt":""}}]]The video was shot, directed and edited by Jimmy Reynolds who also worked with Siyo on the video for his track Future. The video was shot by green screen and uses brightly fused backdrops of urban, industrial and backyard scenes. The magic of the video is the almost animated colours and the simple but effective technique used in the shots where the lens bounds to and from from Siyo creating more bounce to the beat. The track itself was produced by Polish producer Kielich for well known Polish HipHop group Hemp Gru. It starts with a nice soft but melodic guitar pluck and a lowly blown cinematic horn sample that loops until a hard but rounded kick drum drops with a soft smooth bassline topped with a whippy snare that holds the sonic timing. The music loops in an easy listening form throughout the track with the odd snare stutter to break the form of the samples and create a fresh lyrical attack. Siyo steps in as the beat drops with a focussed and clear directive with his lyrical delivery, definitely hitting on a different level than we've heard him on before. It's so so, whatever, tried to block it out and not think about it never, cos all it does is stress me, I smoke grass so the coppers want to arrest me, searching for me reason thats the morning that she left me We get taken through the track on a serious barrage of non stop bars. Siyo gathers momentum parallel with the ebb of the beat as he seems to just catch a verbal ousting of issues and realisms, pushing for escape from his inner captivity as the lines just drop heavier and harder in the progression[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"278","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignright size-medium wp-image-635","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"272","height":"300","title":"576336_2609122726112_1796281652_1605757_1017974653_n","alt":""}}]] Shinobi Flow Obi Wan toke the bucket, slicing up the tracks Jack the Ripper couldn't cut it. I stub shits like you into my tipper, Big Siyo got more spark than the wheel in your clipper. I ain't holding any prisoners or wounded kicking, not but true to the wise and the prudent I'm like time ever living, always schooling, but in the end I'm cold cos I kill all my students. Siyo for me has picked the perfect beat for his own laid back but sharp delivery on this track. He seems to have got more in tune with himself as an artist this year, showing maturity in form, structure and suitability of tracks. His place on this track in particular shows the result of this by how he stays central within the beat as though it was produced for him and he delivers his personal identity in a much sharper form than I've heard from him before. Siyo is currently working on the Epigrammatical EP, a joint project with Rayo, an up and coming Dublin emcee and he has also started work on his as yet untitled solo album which will be all original tracks with production from Pro P, Mathman, Tony Mahoney and Spekulative Fiktion to name a few. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"128","attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","height":"350","width":"425","style":""}}]]