Welcome to #church.The latest self-titled EP from Dartmouth's Thrillah is a sermon on the hustle, as he bounces from struggling on the grind to ladies grinding. In its approach, Thrillah feels like an abridged version of his multi-chaptered 2014 project Thrillville 2. And as far as local rap goes, the EP is well-produced, consistent and represents Thrillah's luscious flow with beat pauses that highlight his tongue-twisted lyrical pace. But as far as mainstream rap is concerned, the young MC's guest-production choices are restrained like a Sunday service: it's buttoned-down and ironed out with very few surprises.
Still, there are some holy moments on Thrillah, including verses from Jay Mayne. "She Bad" offers a standout feature from Dartmouth's A'drian Scott, who calls boobies "knockers" and weaves fresh pop culture references into tight measures. Two tracks produced by Dartmouth's Grant Keddy are ripped and ready for Argyle Street. But the definitive song that captures what it means to be thrilled is the finisher, "I Can Make You Wet," a cross between 50 Cent's mid-2000s Middle Eastern swag and "The Whisper Song." But this jam is more of a shout. One of Thrillah's best qualities is his ability to think and rap sensually, and while "I Can Make You Wet" is hard, there's a strong sense that this kid is smooth. If Thrillah keeps his game rolling, and he promises he will, then his prayers should be answered in no time.