Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this review, I’m going to be delving into ‘Power,’ an upcoming single from the rap veteran Ice Grill. The powerhouse tune makes a bold statement for Ice Grill’s relevance as not just a hip hop artist and lyricist, but as a producer and composer. At times, the new song feels like a conceptual effort, harnessing poignant samples and sound effects. It’s a theatrical piece in that sense, delving into some taboo subject matter. (That, of course, is nothing Ice Grill is foreign to.) Let’s dig into the single and see what it has to offer.
I was immediately compelled by the samples that introduce ‘Power.’ Gunshots, cursing, and struggle set the stage for a violent soundscape. Ice Grill features an artist on the track, NY Nikki, and the featured artist is a very welcome addition to the piece. The two bounce off one another seamlessly and organically, so much so that you lose track of them as they meld into one coherent performer. As with the last time I checked out Ice Grill, I’m impressed with his lyrical prowess. The effort is an excellent one that feels almost anthemic in nature.
On the production end, I absolutely adore Ice Grill’s new song. The beats are slick and well produced, the backing synthesizers are compelling well done, and Ice Grill utilizes the horrific carnage of sound effects with emotionful tact. The last thirty seconds of the track immerse the listener in a warzone of sorts, really drawing on Ice Grill’s troubled past.
Last time I heard a hip hop tune called ‘Power’ this good, it was 2010. West’s pinnacle tune still has the edge over Ice Grill’s adoption of the title, but Grill has managed to create something wholly original with it as well. Ice Grill is an immensely promising artist, one I very much look forward to seeing expand his repertoire in the future. He’s got a firm handle over what makes him exciting as an artist, and he’s utilizing his lyrical and creative talent in a very beneficial way. His choices for collaborators, such as NY Nikki in this case, are also spot on.
Note - The album was produced by D.J. M-80.