4-Tress (pronounced four-trezz) the Nigerian born US based rapper is a hip-hop/rap student, the kind that walks down the street freestyling with headphones plugged in, always prepped to battle in public, studies fellow hip-hop legends, and isolates every now and then with countless bars running his mind patiently waiting to hop on a mic.
On Grey Areas, his 7-track debut EP, the upcoming MC intends to tell his story to the best of his abilities. Introspection, story-telling, flow, depth, and range are model synonyms for this project. A first time listener may liken his style to the legend, J.Cole– and that’s probably because Colehas such a huge impact on him and inspires his craft.
On “Worth is Mine” the project opener proves the artists’ vulnerability on hooks as we hear lines like ‘whipping in my Honda – that’s the shit I can afford’ as well as the popular callout to other colleagues in the scene with ‘Niggas try to be the best but to no avail’. With “Darkest Fears” he opens with ‘all bars’ and proceeds to narrate his countless battles with fear. “You Decide” the third track is that classic 90s Boom Bap – Compton style track where the act focuses more on dropping bodies than story telling. The fourth track “Staircases” shows the acts unity with understanding as he pinpoints that the climb only gets tougher. “Working on Me” is a simple tale of self-improvement regardless of talent and “Revelations” tackles appreciating self-worth. The album exit “Study/Outro” is a two-track record fused into one, and while the former chants ‘study brings study’ the latter lets listeners know he really just begun.
This project holds 5 featured appearances from talented MCs in 4-Tress’s network and the production rather spotless. Grey Areas is a really great first project by all ramifications and we’re super excited for what’s to come from the rapper. Check it out below and let us know what you think: