We review the new single from MckNasty Presents FBS – A12
With a name like MckNasty, it certainly puts an idea in your head of what to expect. But A12 is something that’s incredibly different from what may be expected.
The name combined with the Rap genre that MckNasty finds himself in is going to put an expectation in mind. An expectation of hard-hitting and more than likely crude rhymes and heavy subjects. A12 is none of those things. Instead, it feels like an intermission song on an album, not really sending any kind of message or having any real kind of identity.
Starting off with some soundcheck moments that have been staples of the rap and grime genres for years, a pleasant lounge-style tune kicks. There’s a nice beat, one of the relaxed and jazzy guitars and pleasant piano. This seems to go on for a while, with the titular A12 being introduced (said as A-1-2). It does establish a call and response style setup between MckNasty and a crowd, giving a nice camaraderie to the track.
After the overly long intro, there’s a great verse that shows off a fast-paced beat and pleasant vocals. This is the best part of the entire track and the moment where it feels like greatness is coming. But that’s where it begins and ends, with that singular verse.
The rest of the track is unfortunately mired by the fact that the one verse is delivered before the rest of the track returns to the call and response format of, “A-1-2-1-2” being chanted continually. I have no doubt that there’s a lot of personal meaning behind this, but it’s hard to reach into that meaning when little explanation is given.
Whilst there are some excellent beats, a fantastic mood-setting, and a hell of a verse, A12 fails to set up any kind of real oomph. There are these moments where things feel a little unfinished throughout, like a demo that was pushed out as a single, warts and all. It’s different and shows that there’s a lot of production value and great talent on display. But it feels like the track is more of people partying in a recording studio than an actual song, and it really suffers for it.