Manchester rapper Bugzy Malone has always worn the mark of a Grime scene outsider, having worked uncompromisingly to reach the level of his London counterparts. In true Mancunian fashion, Bugzy has flourished in the genre’s London-centric epicentre since introducing himself in a breakthrough 2015 Fire in the Booth radio freestyle and cementing his spot with his 2017 EP King of The North, which showcased Malone’s undeniable lyrical ability. Now further in his career, Bugzy is a stonewall in the international charts with emerging Manchester rappers crediting him as an inspiration in their own pursuit for music revere.
With the rapper’s highly anticipated return following a near-fatal motorbike accident in 2020, he further sets his standing as one of grime’s upper echelon. The Resurrection is Bugzy Malone’s fifth full-length project and his most rounded to date. Although he has released full feature-length projects before, The Resurrection could be described as formative in its design and structure, packed with introspective content and crisp execution and showcasing Bugzy’s growth throughout his career.
With a dynamic flow and memorable accent that has famously turned heads even in the UK, Bugzy uses The Resurrection to paint vivid pictures of the realities Bugzy was faced with after the accident. From the opening track of the album, his emotive lyrics are prominent “I got these millions in my account but still there’s grievance in my heart”—it’s clear Bugzy has something to say with this project and we’ve decided to break down some of the highlights—detailing the crash, his growth, making amends and Bugzy Malone’s inability to be conquered.