Naeem – Tiger Song

Tiger Song is the last track on Startisha, the first album US rapper Naeem Juwan has recorded under his own name. Best known under his Spank Rock moniker, Naeem retired that alias a few years’ back as he became frustrated with the limitations it imposed. “When I chose that moniker I thought I would be able to grow and change as much as I wanted to. But the audience didn’t allow me to do that” he told NY Times in a recent interview. I’m not hugely familiar with his previous output, but Startisha absolutely sounds like an artist testing their own boundaries, and Tiger Song is a powerfully unsettling end to an intriguing LP.