XP BURSTGANG – ‘Better Late Than Never’

Despite his long-standing credentials as one of the most decorated members of the Manchester grime scene, XP BURSTGANG has taken his time to finalise his debut album. After years of honing his craft, collaborations with The Streets and President T, and internationally renowned appearances on prestigious clashing platforms Lord of the Mics and Grime-A-Side, the aptly named Better Late Than Never is here, serving as an introspective eight-track journey through highs and lows.

Never one to be pigeonholed, XP traverses a wide range of genres over the course of the project, foraying into trap and drill and effortlessly flitting between rapping and singing. Lead single “Got No Time” and the equally enthusing “Paul Scholes” are club-ready hybrid bangers, the latter calling on the versatile production abilities of dubstep legend Trolley Snatcha. Meanwhile, “Nothing to Lose” offers an emotional reflection on the repercussions of drug addiction, with XP’s raw and confessional lyrics sitting atop a bed of woozy pads supplied by Aitch collaborator Sangy. The song’s grainy visuals are set to drop at 5pm tonight via Rosko Records’ YouTube channel to coincide with the LP’s release.

Elsewhere on the project, the riotous drill track “All That” finds the 0161 MC spitting braggadocious bars over thumping sub-bass and glitched-out melodies. The LP closes with the moving, piano-led ballad “Sometimes”, a tender tribute to a late cousin, packed with profound existential musings. Complete with guest contributions from Tonga Balloon Gang’s Murkage Dave, Bloodline member Paper Pabs and Burst Gang’s Manchester Hypes to boot, Better Late Than Never makes for one of 2020’s most unique and thought-provoking UK rap offerings.

Better Late Than Never is out now via streaming services.