5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Album, 6 Mar. 2012
The name chosen for this project, 'Natural Born Poet', describes the mixtape perfectly and in more way than one. If you've been a fan of Wariko for a while then you'll already be aware of what he's capable of, however if this is the first time you are listening to his material you will notice, even after the first few tracks, that he is a true lyricist and is an artist whose words carry great depth and substance. Like we said though the title for this mixtape carries two meanings behind it and the second lies in the word natural. Although there are tracks that contain deep metaphors and meaning behind them, it is not once forced upon you and instead you are left to your own devices to determine what the lyrics mean personally to you.
Instead of a wide selection of producers featuring on 'Natural Born Poet', the production has been taken care of by fellow Nottingham producers BeatGeeks, who Wariko has worked with since the days of LRG back in 2008. Each instrumental on this mixtape compliments Wariko's lyrics, with it becoming apparent that instead of just sending him beats to voice, all three have actually sat down in studio and put thought into this. The release also contains features from a handful of talented vocalists including Chloe Charlemagne, Kim Gardener, Miski, Monique Sian, Nina Smith, Kye and Kamar, as well as a track with OG'z member Desperado and another with Wretch 32.
Natural Born Poet contains 12 tracks in total with a wide range of songs on there such as the straight up Grime banger 'Stop Da Talk', the more deep meaningful tracks like 'No Pain' and the 'Way I Am', as well a tracks for the club such as 'Brandy' and ones that showcase his storytelling ability with 'Victim of Circumstances' Pt.1 and 2. On top of these there's also a bonus track, which is a clip of him performing an acapella at I Luv Live.
All in all the mixtape is extremely well put together and opens your eyes to just how diverse you can make Grime, without compromising the sound and for that reason we give this release full marks.