First Step, the second full mixtape by up-and-comer Karim Tanoe, is an accomplished balance of rhythm and melody — thought and emotion.

It’s a more focused effort than his first, self-titled tape, a fun but ultimately scattered collection of tracks that prioritized noise-making over meaning. In First Step, Tanoe has channelled his many vocal styles and rapping speeds to tell one story that defines the tape from start to finish.

Ultimately, First Step, is an astonishing step forward for the budding rapper, and we look forward to seeing where his passion will take him next.