Substance810 The Hanging Gardens

2021 continues to be another epic year of quality hip hop from artists that deserve FAR more recognition than they receive. Luckily, Raw Side Hip Hop exists to give flowers to those who deserve them, while these incredible artists are still here to cop them! Substance810 has teamed up with Hobgoblin to deliver a brilliant hip hop offering that will make you spin it again and again.

You’ll remember a week or two ago, we featured the first single from The Hanging Gardens featuring Ethemadassassin, and now we are back to showcase the entire project of the same name. This is 9 quality tracks of pure, high quality, uncut hip hop and you need it directly in your headphones ASAP.

The first thing that is easily identifiable is the introspective nature of his lyricism. His pen game is SUPER sharp on this release and it’s impressive to see such growth and depth of thought in the bars. The other element to really stand out is the cohesiveness not only of the album – Substance810 and Hobgoblin’s production fit like hand in glove, but the overall project. The chosen beats provide that euro-feel, and along with the album art, the track names, the content – it really is a complete package that showcases Sub in the highest regard.

Harvest‘, ‘Full Bloom‘, ‘From a Seed‘ and my favourite ‘Mother Earth‘ show the intricate detail that has gone into what is Substance810’s best album to date (and that’s saying something considering the GEM he dropped 3 or so months ago with ‘Makin Waves‘). The features are also on point. Sharing tracks with Josiah the Gift, Jamil Honesty and other incredible yet criminally undercelebrated emcees is another way this album ‘gives flowers’ to those repping the culture and the craft to the fullest.

Bangers: The Hanging Gardens (one of the tracks of the year), Full Bloom, Marvel of Mankind.

Score: 8.75 / 10. I’d love more to be completely honest, but what we’ve been treated to is some of the best hip hop in 2021. Substance810 continues his growth as an artist and hip hop heads are reaping the rewards. He’s firmly planted himself on my ‘must listen list and The Hanging Gardens will be spending a lot more time in the headphones that’s a given.

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About The Author

By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!