Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Exposure came as surprise announcement through Nate's social media accounts (check out his super active Twitter and Instagram) just over 3 weeks ago. After dropping the lead single 'Chaos' with its wavy visuals and aggressive delivery a month earlier, Nate teased us with a very contrary 'spoken word' type snippet to throw us off the scent of a new project. Following the announcement, we were blessed with 10 mostly high paced tracks bursting with incisive punchlines and solid production throughout.
A seasoned and integral member of the underground collective '237Mob' alongside his right-hand man Kish!, Nate stays uncompromising when it comes to finding the balance between his sonics and lyrics. Although the tape sticks true to Nate's typically belligerent sound and drill roots, we're offered something much more thoughtful here. That's what sets this particular tape apart from his previous bodies of work; you really feel as though you get to know Nate on a personal level throughout the project. He delves much deeper into his individual demons and the things he's striving to achieve in life.
The opening 3 tracks (Chaos, Woke feat. Wisdom and Patterned) that follow the spaced out 'Intro' are clearly drill inspired, with heavy-hitting bass and high hats coupled with Nate's harsh and demanding flows. It's an impactful way to open an album that has you on the edge of your seat waiting for more with your screwface fully intact. From here, the album feels as though it takes a more mellow turn, the remaining tracks have a very unique beat selection and wander into a more reflective realm as Nate's thoughts and lyrics dive more introspectively.
Subsequent to the album release, Big Nate dropped simple yet effective visuals (dir. by @ChendGolden, edited by @jamespolleyphotography_) laced with animation and video effects; all from the comfort of his own home. Nate also mentioned some video plans in the works for the track 'Wave' so fingers crossed that happens soon!
UK Underground Rap caught up with Nate to have him break down every song from 'Exposure' and provide you with an exclusive look at the thought processes that went into it. Hear Nate's take below...
Big Nate: Exposure: I named the project Exposure because it’s a very honest project that exposes my vulnerabilities to the listener. It has a double meaning also as I am trying to gain more exposure within music and push my sound to a wider audience. I’m not one to care about numbers per se, but I do want to deliver a package that is digestible, stands out and does what it says on the tin.
I chose to make the intro to the tape spoken word because I think it’s more personal to the listener. It really makes it feel like an introduction where I explain the purpose of the tape, explain my thought process and it really does ease the listener in for the journey. 237 producer IVAN made this beat, we tend to work well on music that is heartfelt and we really understand each other when it comes to that.
This was the first single I released off of my project. It is a GYPTXVN produced beat and is an unconventional drill type beat that has HEAVY bass. When writing this song I wanted to literally cause chaos within the scene. Everybody seems to be making drill but I’ve been doing this from as early as 2015/16 hence the line “and I’ve done been making drill way before them dance moves made it cool” referencing the spike in popularity especially in the US. I also dropped a music video which included smoke bombs and being carefree whilst causing the chaos I am rapping about.
“Let’s sword fight in this one” - Wisdom
When I first got the beat for this from YoungSnakeBeats I didn’t know what I was going to do on it. I listened to it on loop for ages and nothing came to me. One day fellow 237 member Wisdom came to my house and we wanted to write a song together and I showed him the beat. In his words “let’s sword fight in this one” as he referred to our ongoing competitive streak within music (LOL). We ended up making a banger and the biggest quotable is from the hook “they slept on gang so long but now wanna talk bout woke” meaning people will sleep on us only for so long before they want to start acting like they were the first to discover us.