First Thoughts: Billy Dukes – Intervention

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Having been successful on their own merits, ‘Billy Dukes’ represent the coming together of two very talented artists who have created a cohesively brilliant album, which blends a polished production with a mixture of conscious and candid lyrics. ‘Intalekt’ in 2015 released the self-produced 11-track debut EP release which included lyrics from a few breakthrough UK artists at the time, such as Kojey Radical, Jay Prince, Ella Frank. Whereas, GeeFree has featured on a track with Dani Sofiya from R Kay album released last year. His clear, eloquent flow and tone is an important feature of GreeFree style, which makes very difficult not to listen and take in.

‘The Intervention’ culminates both artists’ similarity in style for jazz and hip-hop influenced sounds. ‘Pledge allegiance’ begins the journey with an incredibly powerful statement of Billy Dukes’ strive to stay true to themselves and create music which is true to their story. It’s a track which not only expresses Billy Dukes’ drive within themselves but also, it seems to encourage other to be more expressive of their own truth, which sends a strong opening message and sets a humbling tone for the rest of the album. Those lethargic downtempo beats are carried throughout the album, with vocals and lyrics taking center stage. Geefree and Intalekt effortlessly seem to lay down their thoughts and views on various topics from empowerment, race, social, to relationships with ease and confidence, which coincidences with the whole arrangement in each track.
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You can listen to the album below, and support the artists via soundcloud:


Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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