Following on from his 2018 concept project Jason Bonez that derived influence from the infamous character of Jason Vorhees, Mic Day The 13th seeks to carry on in these shoes Ramson Badbonez wears so well as the project thematically is based upon the horror film cult classic Friday The 13th.
An eerie atmosphere is present across each track, penetrated by the creeping and ruthless figure of Ramson Badbonez, acting to provide a suitably unnerving vibe as the chosen theme should strive to achieve. This horror-movie concept stands the project as steeply unique, and it is a testament to the musical mind of Badbonez that he can create such rich concept albums and not get so lost in the concept so as to make some of the content redundant. Here is an album that strays into a slightly unusual field with a well thought out theme that accentuates the murderous rapping of Ramson – he has a natural mind for quick-paced rhyming, the tenacity to verse about dark and controversial incidents or grotesque imagery (such as the crude reference to Madeleine McCann on the vibrant Machete Madness – Continuation) and elicits a cinematic tinge to his storytelling.
Ramson dips and dives along the urgent-feeling tracks with his choppy flow that pits him as a menacing terror to your ears and the instrumentals. Stepping into the shoes of his Jason Bonez character once again, the only thing more sinister than the haunting instrumentals are the murderous raps Ramson spills with ease, as violently as the notorious Jason Vorhees who would surely be proud of such a display. This merciless and cold nature to Ramson’s input is presented through a typically animated delivery and really lights up the eclectic collection of beats sourced for the slaying.
The Illinformed produced track Weirdos sees Ramson take aim at all the questionable, or weird, moves that people make with a disapproving eye. At points it feels like Ramson is trying to race the quick tempo beat, really flexing his rapping vernacular in entertaining fashion.
“You can lock your doors, but you ain’t safe at home” as Ramson exclaims threateningly through his bloodstained hockey mask on Sticks and Stones, is effectively the motive of Mic Day The 13th that strives to warn a listener of just how cutthroat a certain someone can be and how you don’t wanna see him over your shoulder. Halloween Rap Regime is a riotous retelling of Badbonez‘ supposed terror-ific halloween routine that he rips through with slaughterous intentions and clinical precision as he proceeds to chop, hack and slice all in his path.
The production effectively accents the dark, horror themed sounds with some lighter nodes of melody that works well for the replay value of the project and function to emphasize the killer nature of Badbonez vicious-ry here as well as allowing the beat to sit a little less abrasively in the ear of the listener. Mic Day The 13th is a ride where you’re best to keep arms inside the vehicle at all times, that draws well from the source material and provides a startling fright or two accompanying the complete shelling Ramson instils.
Mic Day The 13th is out now via High Focus Records – order it here.