KSI is a 28 year old YouTuber, rapper & boxer from Watford, Hertfordshire who broke out in ‘09 by uploading videos of himself playing the FIFA games. However his music career dates back to 2015, teaming up with P Money for his debut single “Lamborghini”. He later went on to release 4 EPs before the full-length debut Dissimulation last spring & is already following it up by dropping a sophomore album.
“The Moment” starts out the album with a generic trap cut about how he has no fear whereas “#2” with Future & 21 Savage] uses the title as a corny metaphor for being “the shit” despite the chilled out instrumental. “Patience” with [Polo G] takes a turn into nu-disco saying that’s all they need while “You” is a hideously sung ballad to his partner & I almost wanna say the production kinda reminds me of Drake’s “Passionfruit” for some reason. Meanwhile on “Don’t Play”, we get a mediocre dance-pop duet with Anne-Marie telling each other not to fuck around before asking his lover all these questions for the UK Garage-influenced “Really Love”.
JAY1 tags along for the loyalty-themed “Gang Gang” & even though I like the groove of the instrumental, it sounds out of place for a song like this. “Rent Free” calls out a woman who be running her mouth about him going back into electronic territory before bragging about himself on the UK drill-flavored “Madness”. Bugzy Malone comes into the picture to get “Silly” on top of a rubbery trap beat leading into him trying to making his doubters into believers for the piano-heavy “Flash It”.
The song “No Time” with Lil Durk luxuriously goes on about fake love while “No Pressure” is another attempt at being sexy, but falls flat on his face although the tropical instrumental is cool. The penultimate track “Holiday” is a God awful contemporary R&B joint saying this woman makes him feel alive & then “Sleeping with the Enemy” speaks on someone watching him over a plinky trap beat.
Even though I will say All Over the Place is better than anything KSI has done before, it’s only by a small margin. I genuinely appreciate him for going taking a more versatile route, but there are more points where he misses the mark than sticks the landing.