Bub Styles & Level 13 – “Smoke Crudo” (EP Review)

Bub Styles is a veteran MC from Brooklyn, New York that first came on my radar in 2017 with his debut EP Long Nights, Cold Winters in 2017. This was followed up with his sophomore EP Boar’s Head Bubs, Cold Cut King that came out earlier this year & if that wasn’t enough, Bub is teaming up with Philly producer Level 13 for his 3rd EP over here.

The EP starts off with “Lamb & Onion”, where Bub gets mafioso over a luxurious sample. The next song “Loose Blunts” continues the lyrical themes of the previous joint over a woozy beat while the song “By the Way” with ARXV sees the 2 telling their competition to get with the times over a soulful boom bap beat. The penultimate track “Bubble Goose” with Fastlife, Ren Thomas, Effyoo & Madhattan Mayor is a decent East Coast posse cut & then the closer “Hold Up” gets sexual over a smooth sample.

Personally, this is Bub’s best work to date. The features could’ve been better, but Bub’s gritty lyricism & husky voice fits with Level 13’s classy production pretty well for the most part. If they plan on collaborating more in the future, than I’m all for it.

Score: 7/10

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