February 23rd, 1999. I was 7 years and 47 days old. A young rapper by the name of Eminem had just released his first major-label single. That, I remember quite clearly, was the moment I became interested in music as a whole. It was new and exciting, I’d never heard anything like it. I fell in love instantly. Now, almost 10 years down the line (which I only just realised upon writing this), I am 17 years and 10 days old, and this is the first time in my music-loving life that I have heard somebody rapping in an accent similar to my own (and my knowledge of the local scene extends as far as one man, who chooses to adopt an American accent for his music, but that‘s another rant for another day). Because even after listening to UK hip-hop for a number of years, I’ve become accustomed to the London accent, or at least something vaguely southern. It’s an odd experience, to say the least.
Beit Nun hails from Macclesfield, approximately 20 miles north of my home. IllSkilz, the producer behind Colours, is from Holland. The production, while we’re on the subject, is very good. It somehow manages to be prominent, but remain in the background at the same time. Tracks like The Music are subtle, calm affairs, interweaving melodies to complement Beit’s honest style perfectly.
That’s the one word that could sum up this entire EP: honest. Right from the second track A Good Year, Beit makes sure we’re not under any illusions about him or his ambition. The rest of the EP is equally as colourful (no pun intended, honestly) and entertaining, the production remaining consistently great throughout. It’s the kind of production that you notice something new about every time you listen to a track, which gives the whole thing fantastic replay value.
In Black And White is probably the standout track, giving the listener even more insight into his life, Beit’s honesty combines with a moment of truly breathtaking and hypnotic production.
Overall, Colours is the sound of an honest artist and a phenomenally talented producer. Beit, while not being hugely lyrical, makes a record that sounds quite personal and easy to relate to, no fronting or facades. IllSkilz, providing the backdrop to this (albeit short) musical journey, has a unique, identifiable sound and together, they’re something to look out for in the future.