RATES (Feat. Aliya Dusk)
HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Continuing to push the frontiers of Australian hip-hop, Sydney based music artist Rates has just released the much-anticipated single Clouded. Produced by Defiant (HZN beats) and engineered by Espa at Safe House Studios, the new track is a career-changing slice of raw emotion and searing honesty for the renowned artist, once again displaying unparalleled observation skills and a deft application of contemporary life.
With a long list of sell-out headline shows to his credit, Rates has also appeared on national stages in several festivals and national tours, including Big Day Out, Breath of Life Festival, Heatwave, Tech N9ne, Task Force, and many more. With two massive #1 Australian hip-hop albums under his belt, including Destroy and Rebuild (2013) and Untold (2016) and his tracks Nightmare and Nightmare 2 attracting over 4 million YouTube views collectively, Clouded is sure to usher in the next phase for this remarkable Australian hip-hop powerhouse. Featuring the mesmerising and hauntingly beautiful vocals of exciting new talent, Aliya Dusk, Clouded rises above the average and into the captivating. Revered for his connection with the listener via his unique narrative and rhyming style, Rates’ riveting musical articulation and spirited performances have fostered a strong and loyal legion of followers.
As well as containing a sure-fire chorus hook that makes the most of Aliya Dusk’s spellbinding vocal expertise, Clouded is strewn with engaging imagery, inventive use of language and Rates’ typically vigorous presentation of observations and sensational wordplay. The track’s power lies not only in how the hook and Rates’ verses merge but perhaps most persuasively in the rhymes that pack a real punch. For example, in the last verse, with a line that contains a concluding blow, With my head up in the sky, find it like it was before / And the lesson that I’ve learnt is that time is the law. Clouded is sure to catapult Rates into the next level of his upward- moving musical career.