RayDawn the 86th is an MC that everyone should be checking for. “The Buzz” EP is a nice introduction to a kid with a lot of potential to make something great of himself in this game. Who else would take on the task of starting their EP by tackling the “Exhibit A” instrumental? Surprisingly, unlike the 500 other MCs that tried to live up to the original artist, RayDawn succeeds by dropping metaphors, similes and all types of multi-syllabic flows over the track.
The whole EP is filled with tight flows and some concepts such as “2 The Side”, a funky little “fuck you” joint that will please anyone who’s still bitter about an ex. “Life’s Short” is a good song but it fell off around the third verse, which really wasn’t necessary considering the first two were on point, and again it was another nice beat jack. The highlight here is the freestyle over “Mr. Me Too” where RayDawn absolutely tears the beat apart with gems like “catch me in a new whip, speeding with your new chick, next week my old chick, next week your new chick” and “you think the deck’s stacked the way I get a deal”. However “Debonair” bears a striking resemblance to the same certain Virginia duo’s single from last year, and unfortunately it’s tough to see past that on the song.
“The Buzz” EP is a nice way to spend 30 minutes as RayDawn the 86th tackles well known beats, as well as provides a couple fully original tracks that show this kid has a lot to offer the game. The tape only gets better as it develops and ends beautifully with “Pencil Potential”, the most personal track on the EP. Along with a tight flow and solid lyrics, RayDawn knows how to write a good hook and in turn can make true hits, keep an eye on this kid as I’m sure he’ll be getting his much deserved shine.
No out-of-5 ranking as it’s such a short EP, just pop this in and enjoy.