EP REVIEW: Nico Ghost - Kaishi

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I’m going to be honest. I am not a big fan of Aussie hip hop; I’m just not a fan of the style. But every now and then a new artist from Australia emerges that I fall in love with. This time it has been Nico Ghost. Nico has easily separated himself from the herd with a unique production style and great flow. 

Nico Ghost was born in South Africa but is currently residing in Melbourne; he has stepped into the hip hop scene in an impressive manner in late 2014 with the release of his single “Coolin’”. Nico Ghost has separated himself from others in the Australian scene with his own style and vibe. 

The majority of the production is done by GXNXVS who produced 3 tracks on this album, with XXXL and Seywood producing the other two. The production on these songs are very chill and laid back, they are songs you would play coming home from the club at 5am. The production complements Nico flows amazingly. The beats are smooth and steady, matching Nico’s own smooth flow. 

Nico’s lyrical content is pretty average. Nothing too amazing and seems to stick to current trends within US hip hop scene. You can definitely see some of his influences in his lyrics, and especially the production, I could see Kid Cudi on any of these songs. The lyrics are what bring this down, sadly the majority of the lyrics are pretty bland and unimaginative, the only tracks that are not like this is “Bound 2 Snow” and maybe “PWH”. These hints at more lyrical depth are great and I hope he develops on this area in future releases. However he has a great flow and knows how to create a decent hook. 

Nico has said that “It's called ‘Kaishi’ because ‘Kaishi’ means beginning in Japanese and that's what this tape is, it's my beginning”, and this is definitely what it is, the beginning of a career I hope blossoms with the years to come. I see this EP being my favourite Australian hip hop release this year. This is a promising EP and I will definitely be watching Nico to see where he goes next. 

Written by Rhys Prka

Rating: 7.5/10
Fav Tracks: Coolin’, Bound 2 Snow
Least Fav: Daps+Pounds
Release Date: July 16th