While rappers usually fail to find their voice in the rap game, the motor-mouthed MC emerged from the abyss and grew into the pioneer of the fast-paced rap style. Accepted by many as one of the best lyricists of the scene, Kidshot is among the most quick-tongued rappers. The clarity of his diction makes every syllable easy to hear while his razor-sharp flows make the music worth listening to. The Mumbai-native has never moved his focus away from the craft since releasing his debut EP, “Bhot Kuch,” in 2020. Weathering artistic growth, Kidshot has always proven why he’s worthy of public adoration.
On January 23rd, 2023, the rapper dropped his sophomore studio project, ‘The Come Up’. Over the span of seven tracks, Kidshot masterfully conveys his savage and gentlemanly introspection.
Kidshot The Come Up EP Review
‘Ride Slow’ kicks the EP off with a bang, featuring Delhi’s most-wanted rapper, Raga. Kidshot begins by expressing the significance of rap music in his life, and the music — which somewhat resembles a Tyga-type beat — then establishes a playful mood and proceeds to strike a welcoming tone. With their multi-syllabic rhymes and occasional punchlines, both rappers smoothly ride the beat. ‘Ride Slow’ doesn’t stand out, nevertheless, due to its lack of a theme, average bars, and longest duration on the project. But without deviating into heavy-headedness, little details like the upbeat chorus exhibit Kidshot’s maturity as an artist.
Meanwhile, the Harjas Harjaayi-aided ‘GOAT’ sound like the stuff of a fantasy film for obvious reasons. With production overseen by Premise, it’s a song that captures some standout bars and impressive rhymes from both artists. Kidshot’s first verse’s compelling flow switch and Harjas’ outstanding part both significantly enriched the instrumental. The rapper picks up the tempo with the 3rd track of the EP, ‘Gang Life’ that provides a more well-composed body of work where he says ‘Banu ni showpiece ab rahu main low-key, tu banega bro sheep aur main marunga goat hi’ which vindicates Kidshot’s innate self-belief — the one that allows him to aim for the top. Crafted by Premise, the dark and intense piano instrumental enhanced the impact of Kidshot’s words and allowed him to glide effortlessly over the beat.
If you couldn’t tell by the title, ‘Samurai’, features a lyrical masterclass. On this song, Kidshot’s prolific selection of instrumental feel like a statement unto itself. Over the boom-bap beat, meticulously produced by Cultxre, Kidshot, and Sikander Kahlon’s spit entertaining flows with sharp lyricism. Interestingly, Kidshot exposes industry parasites while simultaneously praises Mass Appeal and takes jabs at certain record label as he raps — ‘Tere liye nahi hai time mere pass, ye industry hai jungle isme sher, bhed aur saanp/Par tere liye bete ek advise mere pass, koi rapper se mat hona sign unless hai voh Nas’. With a ton of bars packed into a steady flow and his enthralling delivery, Kahlon’s part hit you hard, proving the fact that Kahlon only needs the right beats to go from a sensation to a phenomenon.
Throughout his career, Kidshot has mostly operated in the space of choppy flows, complex syllabic patterns of rhyming chains, and tight deliveries. ‘Dramebaaz’ sees another incredible installment in his repertoire with rapid-fire flows. Featuring an underground Mumbai rapper, Mack Varpe, the song sets a clear theme, targeting studio thugs and industry rats. Both artists manage to offer engaging flows. over a HRMN beat.
Kidshot saved the best for last. Yaar Parivaar, the EP’s shortest but perhaps tightest piece, is a hard-hitting ballad that reflects the artist’s desire for love, happiness, and the vulnerability behind his cold mindset. While BB ON THE BEAT’s stellar production with pounding 808s makes the song energetic, Kidshot’s crisp delivery makes the wrath in his voice and his potent poetry strike you hard. Ultimately, the EP concludes its run with one of its most impressive songs, ‘Udd Chale’, which sees a guest appearance from Bella, who’s known for his emo hits and vast sonic spectrum. Bella enters heavy with his verse — then takes you deeper than that with his part, pouring his heart out, while showing exceptional poetic skill. And Kidshot proves that fast-rapping is not his only strength with his second verse that leaves you stunned. The infectious hook stays in your head for the entire day. With the closing cut, the project allows you to stop, smell the roses and shed a tear to feel more alive.
The peaks on ‘The Come Up’ (‘Samurai’, ‘Yaar Parivaar’, and ‘Udd Chale’) find Kidshot sounding refreshingly comfortable rapping over experimental productions. Throughout his rapping career, Kidshot has proved that his strength as an artist lies in his sharp penmanship, it’s high time for him to explore and push his creative boundaries. That said, the EP is enjoyable and is certainly enough to ratify Kidshot’s status as one of the finest in the scene right now.