Gibbee the Visionary: ‘Lord Rutherford’ ft. Samphonix – fine-tuned and low-key

Gibbee the Visionary is a 25 year old recording artist from the North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. He has been writing and rapping since age 16, and progressed to making his own beats for the last 4 years (since 21). ‘Lord Rutherford’ is his latest single which features another Auckland artist by the name of Samphonix. This is the first official single release from Gibbee the Visionary’s upcoming LP ‘Chiaroscuro’. Coming from someone who makes everything he does look easy, there’s something unusual about ‘Lord Rutherford’, which in the USA would translate to Benjamin Franklin as a reference point – with both being featured on money bills.

Given the relative critical success of  his previous releases, the supremely smooth North Shore rapper was left no choice but to devise a worthy new music installment — and once work on it officially began, he completed the job admirably with the help of featured artist Samphonix.

Gibbee the Visionary is something of a stress-free rapper who loves luxurious instrumentals that enable him to flow freely.  As it turns out, he kept his good judgment intact while making this track; it never overreaches. While it makes a fitting companion to his previous releases, it’s not a regurgitation of any.

Gibbee the Visionary delivers a production that sounds both expertly fine-tuned and humbly low-key with a percussive tribal undercurrent. After emerging with his five-track EP, entitled “Exit 420” in 2016, Gibbee has become an underground favorite by waxing poetic about the finer things in life, including chasing down these 100 dollar bills.

His braggadocio continues to be more congenial than arrogant. And he’s still conveying his emotional range and quick-witted wordplay. But if you’ve still been following him up until now, you already know that there’s virtually nothing not to like about ‘Lord Rutherford’.

Like other Gibbee the Visionary releases, it mixes a blend of street-wise revelations with a contagious joyfulness. Samphonix fits the bill perfectly too (no pun intended). There is something invigorating about hearing underground rappers who seem to be enjoying their musical grind.

These two New Zealanders don’t have to bother pondering if the size of their bank accounts will prevent true emotional connection or if any acquired fame will trap their souls. Instead, they are rappers unafraid to simply celebrate their blessed existence and their craft. They grab a song and just kill it, regardless!


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