S.G. Guillotine has slowly but surely been creeping his way up the ladder of South-east hip-hop in Ireland. The Kilkenny based rapper has spent the last 4 years releasing music online as part of the rap collective, Craic Appeal, which has in turn broadened his appeal. Shortly before taking to the stage in support of Rusangano Family in Kilkenny, Guillotine released the song “Bars”. The song has slowly but surely been racking up the views and is starting to make more people take notice.
The song opens with a sultry, jazz sample, leading the way with a simple looped motif. The double bass anchors the track while the simple piano builds upon it, allowing you to focus on S.G. Guillotines flow. Guillotine spends the song talking about his life in Kilkenny as a working musician and his aspirations for the future. His voice has a mellow feel that makes it quite relaxing to listen to. You can hear the love of the art of writing in the vocals. The colloquialism throughout the song show that it’s the real S.G. Guillotine talking. He is not putting on an act and while it may make it difficult for some people to fully understand every word and its meaning, a rapper actually being himself his an admirable trait. The flow and the verses themselves however do offer something to think about and improve on. There is point where it seems as though a few lines are thrown together due to lack of inspiration, but these moments are fleeting and rare.
S.G. Guillotine has the potential to have a big future. The production and ideas behind the song are interesting and add a glimpse into the artist himself. With Craic Appeal he has the potential to further both his and the group’s careers and this development will be most interesting to watch. There are things to work on, but that will make future projects more interesting as he looks to develop his sound even more. Only time will tell.