Shotty Horror released a 13 track album called, 16 minutes past 3. Funny thing about this album is I received it as a free gift from a King Of The Dot apparel order. I listened to this album knowing little to nothing about UK Hip Hop, besides Ms. Dynamite, Tinie Tempah, and Dizzy Rascal, I am very unfamiliar. Being a fan of Shotty for his battle rap skills, I gave this album a chance, and very glad I did.
Coming back from work, I threw on 16 Minutes past 3. The First song is Major. The beat started very basic but got better when then the bass and claps dropped but nothing exciting. Shotty and Sha Hustle ride the beat in their verses showing their flow is very versatile. I didn’t know where this album was headed after this intro, not because Shotty; it was because the beat selection chose to open.
Soon as Major ended, Ego drops. EGO is one of my favorite tracks on this album. The beat is filled with instruments and energy. Shotty snaps on this addressing all those who didn’t believe in him and had something to say before his success. This song is a CLUB BANGER! Easily. I would almost say Major was put first purposely just to have go crazy for Ego. I love how music can take your emotions from very low to an ultimate high.
From here on, the album takes off and it gives you insight on Shotty Horroh. Ride Out gets personal addressing backstabbers, disloyalty, and treachery in his life.The lyrics have meaning and very vivid. This song also became an instant favorite just because everyone can easily relate if you ever had someone switch sides or betray you.
Green. Already, I’m thinking this song all about money and being flashy. Completely the opposite. Green is about those about you who envy the position and compares the jealousy(green) to Bruce Banner. On this track, Shotty enlists the help of T-Dot’s own JD Era. The duo go bar for bar in their verses.
Shotty gets help from the soulful Bluey Robinson on the song, This is Wrong. This song has a Currensy type vibe where Shotty Horroh goes in on lusting a woman who isn’t his. A very good song, very different from the Shotty Horroh the world knows solely from battle rap arenas. Bluey Robinson sounds great and compliments the track very well with his vocals.
Sitting low is another song with a Currensy vibe to it. Shotty takes you on a ride with him getting high. It’s a song a weed smoker puts in his playlist for the smoking session. Nothing really stands out about. Short, sweet, to the point.
It’s always bad when you have a bad reputation or misunderstood by someone you want, but that’s How it Goes, just like the song title. Shotty rides this smooth track telling a story of a man who wants a woman but rumors of being a dog gets him put in the dreadful friend zone. Shotty tries to convince her it isn’t true, but she doesn’t want to be a notch in his belt.
After 3 songs of being really mellow and slow. Shotty returns to the mosh style and turns up with Swollen members’ Madchild. DSFF is a definitely a live song to get crazy to. The eerie sounds and bass make this a head nodding track to play before you step in the party if all you do is Drink, Smoke, Fuck, and Fight. Very fun song to hear at a concert that will excite the crowd.
“Lord I pray for my enemy, If you make your bed, lie inside it in a cemetery/ You can pay respect bitch or you can pay the penalty/ If I find you in my back blocks, you will have to bury me” -Shotty Horroh, 100
Those are the words that open for this mosh anthem 100. Shotty steps to this song with a lot of energy almost on the level of a Waka Flocka or Lil Jon song. The song is reminiscent of Lil Wayne’s “Fireman” and capable of turning any boring event into a live one instantly.
Livin Like is a song with a lot of bass and futuristic sounds and Lindo P steps to the track and adds some Jamaican flavor to it. One word. Electrifying. The song has a vibe that forces you to groove, nod, and move in some way, form, or fashion.
Reaching near the end of the album, FTU (Fuck Tonight Up), paints a picture of him living a night to the fullest. Shotty Horroh tells a story filled with weed, liquor, models, and having the time of his life on a dope beat. This song is one of favorites because the feeling it provided. Its great for cruising, chilling, parties, or a club. Great job on this Shotty!
“Northside of Manchester, poor like my ancestors/ just me and my brother, my mother, since my dad left us/ raised by them gang members, gangs signs, and hand gestures/” -Shotty Horroh, Hand to Mouth
Hand to Mouth is my absolute favorite song on this album. Even in different parts of the world I relate to this song almost to where we could switch places. Shotty steps to this track giving you an autobiography over a very ill beat. The lyrics, melody, everything about this track struck me and had it on repeat for an hour.
Finally, we reach the end of 16 minutes past 3. Shotty gives us a dope song , How We Got Here, with the compliments of singer, Rick Walker. Shotty really pushes his pen on this song addresses his current situation and success in 2016. The song is a great outro for a great album.
Overall, Shotty horroh made me a fan of his music and shows he is top 5 battle rappers when it comes to making music. The stigma Battle rappers can’t make good songs has clearly been defied with 16 minutes past 3. Shotty Horroh should keep this same formula for all projects; limit the amount of features, space out the mosh tunes to catch listeners off guard, and let the fans get to know the real you. Salute to Shotty Horroh and go get 16 minutes from iTUNES, Google play, King Of The Dot store, and other retailers.