It’s a difficult thing to articulate one’s struggles with such character, but it’s exactly the flair that South-East London’s B-Wey (The alias of the emerging rapper Ben Weyman) displays on ‘Section 1‘, his debut album.
Approaching the cusp of 30 years of age, B-Wey explores the tragedies that defined his 20’s with vigour and confidence, expressing his experiences with numerous different aspects of his young adult life, including mental health issues, familial loss and grief. The struggles that saw B-Wey sectioned are all on bare display across the full length of the record and perhaps on no track more so than ‘Psych Police‘, the next single. Give it a spin below:
Beginning with a J-Dilla like record scratching section and Madlib-like hip-hop samples, B-Wey immediately goes into an effortless flow as he cheers his accomplishments through times of struggle. Brutally honest, B-Wey mixes lyrics that address the world around him with sincere reflections of his lowest points, such as his development of Bipolar disorder that led to an arrest following manic, psychotic episodes. The vocals feel very unpolished to an extent, with B-Wey simply choosing to speak his own mind instead of glossing over his true feelings with necessarily flashy production schemes. It is the sound of a changed individual through testing times, with the sombre Piano notes and the playful sampling making his raw voice heard.
With ‘Section 1‘ – the fresh new album – B-Wey addresses his response to the stigma surrounding the mentally unwell, with ‘Psych Police‘specifically referring to the heavy-handed treatment of those who need to reach out for support. Both deeply personal and representing a call for others dealing with similar repetitive strains of emotional pain, ‘Section 1‘ is a beacon for recovery. Following a tumultuous period, B-Wey is proud to say that he has been stable for three years and hopes that his work can guide others to a similar peace.
“My musical journey and influences give way to a unique production style while my life experiences give me something tangible to write about and gives my music a real direction. I hope to raise awareness and influence change” – Ben Weyman
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Words by Jacob Braybrooke