The title of Potter Payper’s new mixtape references a letter he despatched to his supporters again in 2017. He had been picked up on a drug provide cost and, in 2018, would start serving a five-year sentence, stunting a decade spent build up a cult following along with his uncooked road-rap freestyles and self-released mixtapes. In his letter, the Barking-born rapper promised to give attention to music as soon as he bought out. True to his phrase, the 2020 Imaginative and prescient EP arrived days after his launch final summer season; the ultimate instalment of his Coaching Day mixtape trilogy got here in September. The latter reached No 3 within the album charts, and Potter was snapped up by hip-hop label Def Jam’s new UK imprint.
Thanks for Ready indicators a brand new period. Earlier Potter mixtapes have been largely solo affairs; right here he runs an open studio. He spars with Digga D, Haile and Unknown T, who would have been children when Potter, 30, first appeared, however now spearhead a scene that he watched develop from behind bars. He holds his personal, flitting between outdated struggles and new riches. The bouncy, clout-condemning Rappers Lie mixes levity with ache; he effortlessly rides piano and rimshots on Gangsteritus. The album’s poppier strictures typically restrict the liberty of his stream (resembling on Catch Up, with M Huncho) ; managing that transition is his subsequent problem. At 18 tracks, Thanks for Ready is bloated – however evidently Potter has rather a lot to get off his chest, and he’s achieved ready.