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Canberran rapper Citizen Kay’s new album Belly Of The Beast is a wonderful offering which blends both the classical R&B influence of 80s hip-hop with the newer insightful, hard hitting style of modern hip-hop.

Throughout the record the listener is greeted with 80s inspired synthesised elements and catchy beats. Layered upon this is Citizen Kay’s poignant and insightful lyricism, which at times tackles some very big issues.

Highlights from the record include These Kicks and Isn’t Love both of which are wonderful showcases of the interesting way the rapper has blended his vast generational influences. In regards to his lyricism and poignancy, Barred is the track worth checking out as it tackles the disparity within Australian society between our indigenous and anglo-saxon populations.

★★★1/2