Prince Kong & Mad Hatter – The Mad Gorillas After Party – Review


As Brighton’s underground Hip Hop scene continues to grow and thrive, we are blessed with the long awaited return of two of the city’s veteran rappers. The ‘Mad Gorillas After Party’ marks the return of the partnership between Prince Kong and Mad Hatter. The album immediately impressed me, the structure of every track is on point and delivers where it is supposed to, a characteristic which is often lacking in UK Hip Hop.

Leading on from their debut duo project, this LP consists of seven tracks spanning across different themes: from the after party influenced verses on ‘Party’s Over’, to more seriously written lyricism on ‘Night Watch’ which explores the story of a young boy and young girl who fall off the rails. The great thing about both MCs is that they are able to remain on topic with every verse, something which again seems to be getting rarer and rarer.

Every track has a point or a message to convey without seeming ridiculously over thought out or preachy. For instance, ‘I Wish’ discusses everything the rappers would want to change in their life and the decisions that they could of made differently. Some could say this would be a played out topic, but the way the verses are crafted and executed dismisses this possibility.


The combination of Kong’s gruff vocal projection and Hatter’s more intricate delivery works really well in expanding the themes of the tape. As well as this the tape includes a collection of high profile features including Ceezlin, Gi3mo, Frankie Stew and many more,as well as the fantastic Rag N Bone man on nearly every track’s hook.

Being able to stay versatile within a genre is where a lot of rappers tend to fall short, but not these guys. Thankfully, a lot of Brighton based MC’s have realised this and have not only been able to expand their fan bases but continue to release extremely powerful music. The lyricism in general is spot on, along with outstanding production throughout with every track – either being constructed Mad Hatter himself or KD.

Overall this is a fantastic project from both Brightonians and hopefully marks the start of a very successful year for UK Hip Hop coming out of the South. Be sure to purchase the album from the BandCamp link below:

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Words By Jay McDougall (@SleepYGee1)

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