MoStack – Stacko. Out June 7th 2019
MoStack cements his place as one of the front runners of the burgeoning UK scene with his debut album Stacko. Tallying up at 13 tracks, the project is a solid body of work, often upbeat, just in time for the warmer months.
It seems as though the past few years have consisted of serious levelling up for the north London native. After making early waves through platforms such as GRM Daily, Mo‘s music has been catapulted into mainstream consciousness over few years with hit singles such as ‘Liar Liar’ and ‘Let It Ring’. Known for his catchy sing-song flows and witty one liners, MoStack’s music tends to balance tales of a bleak past environment with vivid portrayals of life as a superstar and the the personal dilemmas that come along with the glory. On Stacko, the latter takes precedence, fitting since this is his first proper introduction to a crossover audience.
The album often plays like the memoirs of a young, talented and successful entertainer, and MoStack is not afraid of show and tell when it comes to his interactions with the fairer sex. “I like to kiss and cuddle – And what?” Is a hilariously unapologetic line from ‘What I Wanna’, the lead single. However, the majority of the album sees the North London artist almost debating with himself about what he wants from his numerous relations. ‘Girl Diary’ is a definite nod to Jay-Z’s ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ – an exposé of his past flings and new interests. It’s hard to ignore a tinge of regret in his delivery, as can be heard when reminiscing over an ex who “was the best but got a new life and moved to Manchester”. Equally, ‘Make Me Fall In Love And You Can Keep Me Forever’ is as self explanatory as the title suggests, the mellow boom bap beat along with Dolapo’s soft vocals giveing a throwback vibe to the track borrowing from Hip hop and R&B collaborations of the early 2000s.
While these tracks, as well as the Drill-influenced ‘Take Em Down’, are proofs of stylistic dexterity, MoStack definitely sounds more at home in two settings; alongside Stratford’s Golden Boy J Hus, and over Steel Banglez’s cinematic production. Both abodes meet each other on ‘Stinking Rich’, the crown jewel of the album, with a guest verse from Dave making a more than welcome appearance. The recently released Hus steals the show with the last verse with lines like “fifty racks on me but I’m looking all raggedy”, while Dave, fresh off the back of a debut album of his own, provides another lyrical clinic with a number of clever punchlines. Other high profile guests Stormzy and Fredo feature on ‘Shine Girl’ and ‘I’m The One’ respectively.
Ideally, it would be interesting to hear MoStack speak more on his journey to the top, rather than the benefits of the zenith. ‘Yes Yes’, the album intro, threatens to do this with its chilling opening, though Stack is currently at his most introspective when talking about women. Saying this, the room to grow is abundant, and the proclamation that he’ll rep his block in his 30’s is a nod to a theme that will no doubt be explored on future projects. In all, Stacko is a very respectable first effort which will no doubt make headway in the charts upon its release.