LIVE REVIEW: Rejjie Snow @ Sage Gateshead (28.04.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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To keep it a buck with you, Rejjie Snow is one smooth MFer – that’s pretty much the first thing I clock as he cocksuredly swaggers onstage to Hello’s exuberant, gospel-tinged refrain, looking every inch a newly-minted star.

By the time his arrestingly hypnotic cadence is gracefully riding the contagiously upbeat bop of Rainbows, it really isn’t hard to see why he’s been steadily making waves since bursting onto the scene in 2013 – thanks, in no small part, to his seemingly endless reserves of breezy charm and preternatural stage presence, the 24-year old Dublin-born rapper makes flipping witty syllables for healthy residuals look like the easiest thing in the world.

And considering that the hip-hop landscape is, at present, being overrun by a cavalcade of Soundcloud-incubated puerility – yes, Lil’ Pump and Lil’ Xan, I’m SPECIFICALLY talking about YOU – Snow’s uncanny ability to seamlessly segue from Charlie Brown’s hilarious shit-talking bars into some seriously wistful Gainsbourg-like crooning on Mon Amour makes him a more than welcome breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale game; one whose spellbinding trifecta of idiosyncratic originality, versatile eclecticism and outright dopeness will definitely see him long outlast the Soundcloud lot.

For my money though, the only nadir of this otherwise flawless gig has to be the distinct lack of audience interaction – however, Snow’s silken flows and ineffable charisma, which both hit peak brilliance during a funk-laden rendition of Annie, more than make up for this puzzling discrepancy.

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