...the musical future is full of love and not war for Blitzkrieg.
Jaspreet Pandohar 2008
Asian MCs are a dime a dozen nowadays, but few have the creativity and verbal skills to match their American or British counterparts. However, one desi brother who boasts bags of talent is the intriguingly named Blitzkrieg.
Oral speed and lyrical surprises characterise the young Canadian Punjabi rapper whose debut album, The Rhyme Book, is a musical marvel. "My voicebox is a deadly weapon, I've got that verbal ammunition, you know?" he states proudly in Verbal Ammunition, and you can't but help agree. Bravely laying open the pages of his rhyme book, Blitzkrieg invites listeners to read between the lines of his life experiences and personal views. And he has plenty to say, and says so with confidence and intelligence.
Themes range from political consciousness (Time To Educate), dedications to friends who have tragically died (Don't Get On The Train) and the struggles and dilemmas of young Desi youth (My Life and Too Late).
Having collaborated with the likes of Mentor Kolektiv, Punjabi Hit Squad, and Sona Family, it's the turn of Glasgow-based brothers, Tigerstyle, to produce the blockbusting beats behind Blitzkrieg’s rhymes. Their trademark mix of traditional Punjabi folk and hip hop is clearly present in nine of the sixteen tracks. Narm Kalja (featuring Gunjan), Way I Shine (featuring Nikitta) and Pehle Tor Di Sharaab (featuring Bikram Singh) are three tracks that stand out in terms of energy and originality.
Pairing up with producer Mentor, our man delivers the perfect club anthem in the form of Juliet Or Heer (featuring Des-C, Roach Killa & Mentor). Reminiscent of a young Will Smith, Blitzkrieg's humorous playboy outing of the truth about the desi fly chicks (''real name Balwant Kaur, she says calls me Jennifer!'') is a corker.
There's a sensual Arabic touch to Kamasutra Part 2 and Spell On Me (featuring Shveta), which compliments the seductiveness of the lyrics. Unafraid to indulge in some straight sex talk, Blitzkrieg gets down with the ladies without getting too dirty.
If The Rhyme Book is anything to go by, then the musical future is full of love and not war for Blitzkrieg.