Kid Vishis – Timing is Everything
LABEL: Seven 13 EntertainmentSCORE: 7.5/10Having built a reputation for his freestyling abilities while still at high school, word of Kid Vishis’ skills soon reached the ears of his older brother and Slaughterhouse veteran Royce da 5 9. Then called on to accompany his brother on tour, having appeared on Royce’s M.I.C. mixtape, he performed initially as hype man at sell-out shows nationwide, sharing bills with iconic hip-hop stars including Rakim, Slick Rick and Ghostface. Today with over ten years of experience as a live performer, Marcus Montgomery aka Kid Vishis has finally completed his début album “Timing Is Everything”, set for release on July 22nd this year.
Canadian producer Nick Zervos provides the ammunition with which Kid Vishis makes an explosive impact on the opening title track Timing Is Everything. Vishis comfortably exhibits his edgy, untamed lyrical style, encompassed by an uplifting instrumental. Mr Porter (D12 / Shady) then steps into the affray in Message To The MC’s, energizing the aggro lyricism with expert production and providing a backdrop of rich hip-hop flavours which enhance Kid Vishis’ tongue in cheek statements of dominance.
Look At All My $hit,produced by Australian Chase Moore of Californian duo Hippie Sabotage, conveys a message in tune with the times. Not as the title would suggest to boast of his own success, but instead with sarcastic asides aims blows at those disposed to shamelessly flashing their wealth, actual or otherwise, across social media. The inference being that in doing so, they stand to lose by cultivating a feeling of envy in some, and incredulity in others.
Vishis then pays homage to the dedication which helped develop his career in Beautiful Day, intent on encouraging aspiration through his lyricism before Big Brothers pays homage and respect to his family. An unequivocal statement of gratitude for their love and support throughout his life points to the importance he places on his blood relations as being the ultimate last bastion of trust:
“My brothers was there and ya’ll wasn’t / friends come friends go, I lost dozens / they tried to drag my name through the mud like I was nothin’ / screw me over once shame on you / but screw me over twice shame on me / and all this shit here is common sense plain to see“
The Juice loads up both barrels before unleashing the verbal firepower this rapper has in his arsenal; armed by another Mr Porter produced thriller, the compact instrumental provides the bedrock on which Kid Vishis builds a powerful lyrical showcase, a relentless barrage of remorseless verses. New Jersey producer Nemisis switches things up again with an irregularly patterned instrumental to correlate with the sporadic flow displayed throughout In Yo Face. Kid Vishis is drawing on all his years’ experience on this one, riding a powerful beat in all directions with the dexterity of a seasoned pro.
Older brother Royce Da 5 9 makes an appearance for the final and only track with a guest artist, Coward. A punchline packed onslaught from the duo delivered with a battle hardened determination ensures that no-one will misinterpret their unstoppable cause to topple the industry.
Whether or not “Timing Is Everything” tops charts or propels Kid Vishis up the hierarchy of fame is uncertain. However it is clear throughout the album that he has conceived and delivered it in his own way, without compromise.
Unrestricted, untamed and compact with vivid differentiation, he will strike chords with both mainstream and underground hip-hop audiences. His lyricism speaks volumes about his experience, while as a debut album it purposely portrays the level at which Kid Vishis is currently working. It suggests that this is only the beginning, that the full range of his capabilities have yet to be revealed.
An artist who strives to move out their comfort zone and test their own potential will prove to be one worth watching. We can’t wait to hear more.