Following up their 2018 EP ‘Welcome To The Darkest Year Of Our Adventures’, Tebi Rex aka Matt Ó and Max Zanga have released their debut album ‘The Young Will Eat The Old’.
Almost a premeditative warning of the pitfalls of fame and the speed at which subsequent success can vanish, their first effort in the big bad world of albums proves a marked display of growth musically and emotionally speaking.
Presenting the issues at heart in the form of a conceptual piece drawing from Greek mythology, the boys haven’t strayed too far from their overall more pop-leaning sound. However they have simultaneously added a touch of grit sonically and thematically to their output with tracks like ‘Robbin Szn’ and ‘No. 1 Symbol Of Peace’, bringing more aggressive energy.
Enlisting Natalya O’Flaherty to introduce the three acts tightens the sense of narrative of what is ultimately a very cohesive piece.
Explaining the reasoning Max said, “It falls in three acts so there are versions of ourselves that are much further along in their lives. Essentially, it’s a hesitant prophecy.”
A strong showing from one of Word Up Collective’s most prolific acts and another in a growing list of Irish hip hop’s full length albums to be released, it’s reflective of a rapidly growing scene in the Emerald Isle that boasts a varied range of takes on the world’s most popular genre.
Stream ‘The Young Will Eat The Old’, below:
Album Artwork: Dearbhla ní Fhaoilleacháin Ryan