Single Review: 'More Than Friends' by King Tigaro ft. Chris Davison
Legitimate Anarchy are assembling the rap avengers. The Darlington based hip-hop label have already released records with Endem, Leum and Rex Regis before more recently signing King Tigaro and E-Mence. Labels are by no means new to the North East hip-hop scene but they’re typically made up of artists already linked together in someway, while Legitimate Anarchy have looked beyond their social peers and recruited artists with little to no prior relationship.
King Tigaro and LA label boss Endem met at last year’s Last Train Home Festival. Its fitting then that Tigga’s first project release through Legitimate Anarchy will come just days before the 2019 incarnation of the Darlington town-centre festival. The ‘Rose’ EP is expected to drop on digital platforms on August 31st.
In our first taste of what to expect from ‘Rose’, Chris Davison features on lead single ‘More Than Friends’. The regular collaborator, and often engineer, for Legitimate Anarchy provides a bridge between King Tigaro killer chorus and riveting verses which sounds like its a sample in the vein of Joe Budden’s use of Placebo’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ on ‘Make A Deal’.
“I’m fucked right now, like I was fucked back then”
Fairly simple lyricism but its a notion that I feel on a molecular level. The line is repeated throughout the hook, breaking up a showcase of storytelling by King Tigaro. The rapper details the peaks and troughs of his real life relationship and it’s a tale which spans years.
It’s more than his relationship that King Tigaro addresses on ‘More Than Friends’ though.
With lyrics like “King in holey socks” and “I feel fucked up, I feel empty, I feel like the world is against me” there are financial and mental health struggles intertwined within the story too.
Tigaro is mostly known for energetic grime, based on his last EP ‘Merkury’, this offering is a slower, more thoughtful showcase of versatility.
If the ‘Rose’ EP continues the level of quality from this lead single, we’re in for a treat.
King Tigaro is playing Last Train Home Festival in Darlington on September 7th and supporting Shakk’s Soapbox Sessions takeover on September 15th.
Photography and video: Lee Musgrave