"Playing for Keeps" is the end-of-the-year release for West-London rapper/songwriter Zush which comes off the heels of his recent single “We Got The Sauce”. The rapper grew up in a household filled with music and was a DJ /drummer before he even started putting pen to paper. Once the love for rapping and songwriting took over, Zush jumped feet first and focused on his solo career. With an international tour as a drummer and numerous performances at events like UK Unsigned Hype, Music of the Soul, Certified Vibes under his belt, the man is ready to take his career to a higher plateau.
In "Playing for Keeps", Zush embodies the spirit of a go-getter who is hellbent on making a way from the mud and with his indomitable spirit, he goes forth to get his just dues. Over the scenic and urgent-sounding backdrop made up of moody textures and punchy drum grooves, Zush delivers fiery and vivid bars like "Big man ting I don't need no permission/From a place where they try to condition/The whole race wanna kill the ambition/Face to face I can see the collision/Back against the wall, standing tall, 2020 vision when I pree dem all". He reminds us that it's not all roses and daisies around his ends and it takes extraordinary willpower to break away from the chains the system has put in place to hold his kinfolk down.
Overall, "Playing for Keeps" is a solid effort and a well-crafted tune that gives new listeners a chance to know who Zush is.