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Mist Diamond in the Dirt Sickmade

Mist came through in a major way on this nine track EP. Running like a movie with Rick Ross-level cinematics, the project sees the Birmingham rapper operating in second gear, matching slick, bass-heavy production with stone cold lyrical steez.

Intro Dreams to Reality is the calm before the storm, brewing with passion and demonstrating an audible improvement in Mist’s trademark flows. As he strives to make the world a better place for his daughter on the Jessie Ware-assisted Wish Me Well and repress his anguish with honesty on Display Skills (“You know I’m the realest, my pain so deep you can feel it, I won’t tell you what I’ve seen but I seen it”), Mist continues to make gold with producer Steel Banglez. The same can be said for Screw and Brew teammate MoStack, who waltzes past a star turn on the slow-burning bop of Uber. Closing track Moshpit, also featuring Stack and produced by Swifta Beater, is an intense curveball from Mist; out with the smooth beats and in comes a visceral grime instrumental with frantic vocals to match.

Featured vocalists Nines, Fekky, Mr. Eazi and WSTRN’s Haile contribute a sense of variety to the project without overshadowing the main star. Expect more health and wealth for Mist this year, with Diamond in the Dirt at the heart of it all.