Lunar C is without doubt one of the most underrated rappers in Hip Hop right now. Earning himself legendary status in battle rap leagues, he then turned to making studio music, and there has been no detrimental switch up in the quality; if anything the northerner has improved since changing lanes. With his new short-but-sweet EP release, “Not Good At Life” is his best body of work, yet.
He may have sworn off battle rap for the forseeable future, but Lunar’s roots are apparent as ever throughout each of the four tracks. With the competitive sub-culture throwing a specific focus on bars, the pressure to be the best lyrically on the battle stage, has transcended into the studio. With a non-stop assault of wordplay, metaphors and punchlines, Lunar may have delivered the best lyrical display the UK has had to offer since Devlin’s “Bud, Sweat & Beers.”
What’s more, is the cohesion of the songs from “Smash Things Up” to “Miley Einstein” is so tight, that they could easily merge into one. There are enough differentiations to tell them apart, but the sonical and lyrical content flows fluently throughout.
The theme of the tellingly titled extended play, comes from the emcee being overlooked, because despite an outstanding Hip Hop talent, his marketing campaigns aren’t controversial enough. He takes countless shots at Miley Cyrus, and uses the jaw dropping lyricism that will without doubt gain comparisons to Eminem and Hopsin. Personally, “Not Good At Life” is somewhat reminiscent of Jarren Benton’s “My Grandmas Basement”, but with an added, ambivalent layer with Lunar’s accent.
The stand out single, is the EP title track. It’s ability to twist the ordane and mundane musings of a three day gym membership, losing interest with hobbies as a teenager and being a technophobe is uncanny. In a UK Hip Hop scene plagued by the more expectedly exciting street rappers, it’s a breath of fresh air to not only hear something so different, but so much better.
“Not Good At Life” is a little short, literally, to be heralded as a classic, or iconic but with this being but a sample of what’s to come, the impending mixtape might live up to those titles that are all-too-often thrown about and given to projects half as good as this.