Rich Mundi is the new album from the award-winning producer Nasty P, and where his critically acclaimed album The Story so Far represented heavyweight hip-hop with guest verses from the likes of Akil from Jurassic 5, Skinnyman, and rhymester Oddisee, this album is an altogether more schizophrenic affair from his darker alter ego - Rich Mundi - fusing hip-hop, electronica, RnB, festival anthems and deep instrumental jams.
Since dropping his last album Nasty has immersed himself in a hectic DJ schedule including sets at practically every venue in Scotland, performances at Outlook festival Croatia, supports with hip-hop big hitters including Dead Prez, KRS 1, Talib Kweli, Rakim, and Earl Sweatshirt, not to mention Sub Motion Orchestra, the dub influenced Jungle, and UK legend Roots Manuva. In between all this he has found the time to record and perform as one half of electronic duo Future Kid and was even asked to support Jamie Cullem personally after Jamie heard his soul-inspired production for singer and collaborator, Naledi.
With all this experimentation it should come as no surprise that Nasty is pushing boundaries this time round -
although he has still managed to set things off with an almighty collab with some major names in hip-hop!
First single, the hip hop banger Aint no tellin’ features the star-studded line up of Termanology, Reks, Ed O.G and Akrobatik!, while Round again has a more stripped-down sound featuring M.A.D from Groove Armada’s “Superstylin” fame. As the album progresses it moves from a solid hip-hop foundation to the more experimental and booming 808 gospel rhythms of “One more time”, on to the soulful chords and chopped and screwed vocals of “Gibberish”, and the slow but pulsating “Truth Story”, before ending far-left with festival banger “Let’s Get It Started”. All of which makes for a bit of a Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde journey, but who’d expect anything less from this Edinburgh-based beatsmith?
This 12-track album is set to be one of the most exciting and eclectic Scottish releases of 2017, so to those who already know Nasty P, it’s good to have you back, and to those who want to discover more, welcome to the whacked-out world of Rich Mundi!