The Sounds of UK Rap

Giggs

On August 5th, one of the driving forces behind road rap’s huge rise in popularity released a huge new album titled Landlord, leaving UK rap fans worldwide universally excited. Giggs has maintained the same gritty identity throughout his career and thankfully that hasn’t changed on his new album. Standout tracks include ‘Savage’, ‘The Blow Back’ feat. Stormzy and Dub, and ‘The New S**t’.

Another standout track is ‘501 (Hollow & Heston)’ (feat. CasIsDead), which now has a video. Giggs drops heavy-duty verses, maintaining his UK rap flow over a grime beat: “Landlord, and I’m back, I cut keys, I got tenants.”

The Landlord album is currently sitting nicely at No.2 in the UK album charts which you can buy here

Yungen

Yungen goes in hard and addresses his haters on new track ‘Away Games.’ He addresses one situation in particular whereby a guy is videoed stepping to Yungen in Uxbridge in a threatening manner, resulting in Yungen dropping his Nando’s and making a swift exit. The South London rapper didn’t seem fazed by it, and naturally it’s what most would do in a situation like that, but Yungen clearly wanted to get his point across to everyone. “Man said I ran away and I lost my balls, like I’m supposed to fight hulk and his friends like a fool. It’s cool, I circle back with the gang doe, and the truth is all I’m pissed about is I had to buy back my Nando’s.” He also explains to any haters, “That same night I did a show for 8 racks, have that shit for payback.”

Mic Righteous

Mic Righteous, one of UK’s most fearless rappers, is in pursuit of happiness on his brand new single ‘Survivor’ – the first to be taken from his forthcoming albumDreamland. It comes a week after his third return to Charlie Sloth’s Fire In The Booth, which he tore up once again. Mic takes on a rock-influenced hip-hop beat, telling a tale of faith, determination and overcoming hardships. It’s an inspiring and elevating track. Mic spits in an intense, fast-paced flow throughout with an emotional delivery: “I found you when I was down and out, chasing my tail round and round, I was just about to throw in the towel, I was thinking about bowing out. I doubted your power but I found it now.”

67

Last week, 67 released their brand new track ‘5am Vamping’ and announced news of their forthcoming UK tour in support of their forthcoming Let’s Lurkmixtape. On ‘5am Vamping’, they talk us through road life with menacing sonics: “Bang for my bro / bang for my blood non-stop.” Produced by Carns Hill, it’s catchy and one for the streets and the clubs, something they have become known for: “Vamping 5am with the gang blowing loud on a gang ting, finessing the game like Messi, whenever 67 in the rave manna man blow loud so the club so smelly.”

Pre-order Let’s Lurk over here. Buy tickets to their forthcoming UK tour over here.

Section Boyz

Section Boyz have been busy tearing down festivals recently, but have also made time for the studio as they bring us new track ‘Nosey Neighbours.’ The visuals capture the lyrics perfectly with the guys going about their everyday lives such as pouring cereal and chilling in their garden. They take it in turns to spit their aggressive bars over a rather steady, but ominous beat, allowing the bars, delivery, styles and flows of each member to shine.

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