Single review: Washington – Welcome to the Zoo

A Lil Wayne-type beat, a Joey Bada$$-styled flow, and sweet, sweet trumpet. Sounds like a perfect blend for hip hop heads to bounce along to, right?

Well, it gets better and all the more relatable; there’s a touch of Paisley to Washington’s sounds. The Zimbabwean-born 20 year old spent his teenage years in the West of Scotland, the blend of accents resulting in an appealing off-kilter delivery. With London-based producer Noah at the helm, Washington’s ‘Welcome to the Zoo’ is an energetically charming track filled with catchy hooks, touching on the absolute best and also the absolute worst of TV, Jerry Springer.

Arriving on the back of the atmospheric ‘Pray for Me’ and the RnB sounding ‘Yungin’, Washington’s mix is already becoming eclectic, an impressive feat for someone who only released their first single last year.
I’m sure it won’t be too long until Kenny Allstar is bumping about the Radio 1 Xtra studio to Washington on the regular.


‘Welcome to the Zoo’ is out now


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