For anyone who dips their toe in the water outside of hip hop, the title of this EP might bring some familiarity – even if the artist name doesn’t. Simon & Garfunkel wrote a song called ‘The Boxer‘ and uses this line to complete their song which is a touching tale, however Shed Light, the emcee from Chelsea, Mass uses it to headline his latest EP.
Shed who? Shed Light is an emcee from what is quickly becoming a hot spot for some of the dopest new hip hop of recent times – New England. His style is also reminiscent of the original golden era of boom bap music – the late 80’s through to the mid-90’s and this EP sits exactly in that pocket.
Shed Light credits Masta Ace, Guru, The Beastie Boys, RUN DMC, Kool G Rap, KRS One and Rakim as his major influences as an emcee and when you give his latest EP a spin, you can certainly tell that he has taken notice of some of the legends of the game, while also remaining unique and true to his own style and content.
I love digging around and finding new music, those little gems or golden nuggets that wouldn’t normally hit your Spotify (or other DSP) playlist and this EP has been played more than a handful of times over the past few days. It’s refreshing, relatable and the skills on the mic are evident. The production also bangs, which is a staple in any of my ‘must listen’ releases.
So, go and give this EP a listen. If you love that traditional East Coast boom bap, then you’re definitely going to enjoy this one, but anyone who really enjoys quality hip hop with poignant lyrics, sweet delivery and flow over authentic production, take the time to shed some light on this jawn.