Yeah, you've got me stumped, but that is exactly what the officiial mixtape "The Slumdon Bridge" is.
Speaking of slumming… Yelawolf is OK, nothing great. But he is a better rapper than Sheeran. Sheeran is a better singer-songwriter than Yelawolf is a rapper, so altogether, they are coming together for one of the least memorable collaborations in recent memories.
It makes you wonder, exactly what is Sheeran thinking of? With his hugely successful UK album + yet to see the light of day Stateside, why would his second official release, after the excellent The A Team EP, be this astoundingly average straight up rap album? None of this sounds very popular, "Faces" has a better than mosy spitt rap from Yelawolf and…. And… and…
What the hell is this? I have listened to Slumdon several times and nothing stands out. Why this detour in his career…? I mean, I got it, he is a protean, multi-faceted magician. And maybe this will play in the UK where Sheeran is a star (though it was released January 24th and I didn't see any action on the UK Charts -and I monitor them), but it isn't gonna damn thing Stateside.
It is a disappointing effort. In some way it should be a home run but it is unfinished. You Don't Know… for fuck's sake" seems to have the brittle edge of hardcore rap with a strong and icey sample, but it isn't there.