Smile Good

Jay Prince

Smile Good

He may hail from the cradle of grime but, on this breakthrough mixtape, East London MC Jay Prince leans into something looser, sunnier, and more soulful. The result is a dense collection—a busy browser window of dextrously delivered hip hop styles—that’s dazzlingly accomplished. “Father, Father” welds modern paranoia to looped soul, “Episodes” emanates jazz-clouded Cali cool and “Squad”—featuring fellow Brit Danny Seth and off-kilter Bostonian Michael Christmas—is a swaggering statement of intent.

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