London based rapper Bara Blaque levels up with “Handle It”, a track that also serves as his production debut. The lyrics carry Bara’s trademark social commentary along with a healthy dose of introspection, whilst touching, as always, on his Nigerian origins. Bara’s flow has evolved since his earlier work and is now more assured and confident, allowing the lyrics to truly shine.

So yes, there’s a lot of meat to the song lyrically, but what really helps it stand out is the melding of production and delivery. The beat drops occasional old school elements (the horns, for example) that elevate it, evoking an atmosphere that, for me at least, is inseparable from the foggy London streets of my youth. There aren’t many rappers out there successfully making their own beats, but if “Handle it” is any indication, Bara is on the right track.