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February 13, 2017

The Sounds Of UK Rap @Nines1ace @jhus @Santandave1 @A2Artist @ClueOfficial @SeeJay100Music

Nines ft. J Hus – High Roller

North West London rapper Nines who recently has signed a deal with XL Records has just released the track listing for his long-awaited album ‘One Foot Out’, and I couldn’t be happier having been a fan of Nines for years. He dropped the tracklisting on his Instagram, which included some hot features such as Akala, Tiggs Da Author and more.

Before this though Nines unleashed his first visual taken from the album and the first single ‘High Roller’ ft. J Hus. It gives a glimpse into the lives of the artists from where they have come from to where they are now and are headed; from riding behind the wheels of flash cars to estates and fancy flats and dark streets, and getting fitted for suits.

Clue – Game Over

Clue’s work rate is mad and second to none right now, as he keeps dropping video after video. The distinctive-voiced, South London rapper has a message for anyone going up against him this year, it will be ‘Game Over.’ This is another one for the streets and sees him going hard over a sinister beat produced by 5ive & Mazza, fitting his menacing lyrics perfectly, “Don’t watch me watch the man on your shoulder. Keep your name out my mouth like an ulcer.” Clue’s flow is now perfected and he’s ready to take the UK Rap world by charge with his rawness and ability to tell real life stories through his lyrics. His forthcoming E.P ‘Return Of The Ghost’ (out in May) will hopefully catapult him into success which he deserves.

SeeJay100 ft. TE DNESS – Pretty Girls

SeeJay100 has been making quite a name for himself in the UK Rap scene with his run of bangers and working with the likes of highly-rated MC’s such as Cadet, Big Tobz, Bonkaz and Stormzy. Now he joins forces with one of the hottest underground rappers of the moment TE DNESS for ‘Pretty Girls.’ It’s a sharp, infectious track coupled with a catchy hook, with the two rappers spitting their way through about their love for females. This is just the start of 2017 for Seejay100 though as he already has his new single to follow up this track with, and I believe that he will be marking a mark this year.

Dave & J Hus – Samantha

Both these artists are representing the underground scene tremendously right now, and this collaboration proves why they are the UK’s brightest artists about at the moment. ‘Samantha’ shows off Dave’s skills not only as a lyrical don, but also on the keys on this melodic track produced by Jae5. The introduction to the video changes from cups of tea, to books, lights, a church, and to an estate, leaving the aesthesis to contrast yet coincide at the same time. It’s a cocky track from Dave and J Hus, but why shouldn’t it be? Dave raps, “We sent your man to the shop, what do you mean? He ain’t ever made it rain, your man is a fraud, your boyfriend’s living a lie, you’re kind of like Rachel Zane.” He’s definitely mixing gentlemen with gangster.

A2 – Lowest Key

Taken from his ‘More Sleep 2’ EP out on Dec 16, A2 keeps things popping with his brand new visuals to ‘Lowest Key’ taking us on quite a trippy journey as we enter into his world. As you press play you move between a hotel room, a train journey and him walking at night with bright lights ahead. The track itself is mysterious and moody and this is reflected in the dark visuals. The vibe is laid-back and hazy and switches between A2 signing and rapping, “You say you’re into energies and planets, I’m still tryna find a balance, and you think the solar systems got the answers. I can rule the world it ain’t a challenge, trust me baby I can manage.” The lyrics like the video leave us in a kind of meditative, surreal state.

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August 14, 2016

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.

July 11, 2016

The Sounds of UK Rap: @ReekoSqueeze @Official6ix @Sneakbo @TherealWholagun @DonStrapzy_

Reeko Squeeze

This year, Reeko Squeeze has being working hard, dropping track after track. After his separation from infamous UK Rap crew Section Boyz last year, which left fans shocked and disappointed, he went on to drop his introductory mixtape Child’s Play as a solo artist. It proved he was strong on his own and made room for himself in his own lane, collaborating with artists such as Youngs Teflon and J Hus. His new track ‘Ring Ring’ takes on a production courtesy of Loadstar, bringing a different sound to the normal street bangers he goes for. We see him flowing effortlessly over an energetic instrumental, with a chorus that matches the vigor of the beat.

 

67

One of London’s hottest UK Rap crews have released another heavyweight track titled ‘Traumatised 2’. It features a haunting, ghostly, and sinister beat mixed with raw and gritty chronicles of the streets, their lives, and what they see around them. ‘Traumatised 2’ captures their authenticity, “Mans on trapping, man got skills, g money got gwop like Tesco tills, peng tings wanna lurk on Brixton Hill.” Their real bars, teamed with their original sound, have pushed them already into the limelight.

 

Sneakbo

South London rapper Sneakbo sprays bars all over his new Dancehall anthem, sampling a classic riddim ‘Bookshelf.’ Produced by iLL Blu and featuring the vocals of Nyla, Sneakbo has a surefire hit on his hands for the summer – ready to hit the clubs or be played whilst relaxing on the beach. This is his first release since being signed to Virgin EMI, and it’s clear nothing has changed with Sneakbo’s style; it’s full of energy and charisma. Sneakbo lays his bars down about a female: “10 out of 10 girl your looks are nice, get what I like I don’t watch the price / I woke up like you see tonight, I’m living life, living like I’m about to die.”

 

Wholagun

Wholagun drops one for the streets with his new track ‘I’m Sorry.’ He matches ice-cold bars with a flow that switches up and quickens. The South London rapper isn’t new to the game, and has an undeniable sound in the UK amongst other rappers, pairing minimalist beats with sharp bars. ‘I’m Sorry’ shows Wholagun telling us he’s about to mess up the game with his unruly, boisterous bars and feverish delivery: “Been looking hard and observing, if I go hard then it’s curtains, they got bars and they murking, but they ain’t like this in person,” talking about how other rappers lie in their bars and aren’t really like that. We wonder who he’s aiming that at?

 

Don Strapzy

Another artist straight out of South London, Don Strapzy has been putting in the work this year. dropping strings of videos and headlining a show at Birthdays in Dalston. ‘Write Off’ finds him going hard with a passionate and fiery delivery over a lively, upbeat production that should be turned up loud in your car or in the club. “I’m Donny and I’m all about the dolla, loyal to my family I’ll die for my honour.”

News

Beyoncé has been in London for her Formation world tour and along with dancing to Skepta and JME’s ‘That’s Not Me’ on Saturday night (July 2nd), she also brought out UK Rap crew Section Boyz for a support slot on July 3rd.

Section Boyz also have a new track out with Chris Brown, Wiz Kid and Hoody Baby titled ‘Shabba.’ It dropped on Chris Brown’s SoundCloud, and is the second time the crew have paired up with the R&B singer (the first being ‘Whippin’).

April 6, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @lilnastyuk @Boasy_Blittz @BigTobzsf @AdianCoker @officialAvelino @PotterPayper

Lil Nasty

On New Year’s Day, platform SBTV dropped 5 videos called ‘Better Place’ from five talented UK rappers. The conceptual tracks/visuals are about their specific and different areas they are from and how they feel about them. In a very poignant showing, (following the tragic death of his little brother Nico Ramsay), Lil Nasty – who is known as a Grime MC – brought ‘Better Place’ to Plaistow. It’s a tribute to his brother and is emotional and moving, with Nasty taking on one of his first ever rap tracks, and doing it justice. He opens ‘Better Place (Plaistow)’ saying “What happened to the fun times, now it’s all blades and gun crime, youngers on the front line, attitude is thug life.”

Blittz & Big Tobz

Blittz & Big Tobz are two East London rappers who quickly made a name for themselves in 2015, both singly and as a duo with their on point punchlines and memorable tracks. ‘Wicked And Bad’ is the latest release from the rap duo, and an enticing track to kick off their collaborative forthcoming project Case Closed, which is set to be released in August 2016. Case Closed is produced and will be released by The Heavytrackerz, setting a new benchmark for the rap game. This track is the perfect introduction to the LP with an enthralling beat and the hook, which embodies the title track.

Adian Coker

Adian Coker is no stranger to the hip-hop game – he first staked his claim in the underground with his debut mixtape release Lights Fantastic, with his follow-up Young World propelling him past that success. He now returns with his brand new track ‘No Angel’, with a sample of Madonna’s ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ and a glimpse of Kanye West’s ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing.’ Adian laces the track with his deep vocals and dives straight into exploring and taking control of the production, with his lyrics using emotion, frustration and strength to bring inspiration. It’s just Adian baring himself to the world with no barriers to hold him back.

Avelino

Hailing from Tottenham, Avelino turned heads when he dropped his free collaborative mixtape with Wretch 32 titled Young Fire, Old Flame in 2015. This year is all about his own music though, which kicks off with ‘Welcome To The Future,’ produced by Raf Riley. It showcases his distinctive lyricism, signature wordplay and inimitable flow, and stakes his strong presence in the game where he has now become a successful artist after years in the underground. The track has got a futuristic and fresh sound to it and is just the start of things to come this year. He will be releasing his debut EP soon too so make sure you watch out for that.

Potter Payper

Essex rapper Potter Payper released his 7-track One Time EP on March 31st and also dropped a new visual off of their ‘Real Life (Black Impala).’ It’s the second visual from the EP, following on from ‘Normal’ (feat Maverick Sabre). ‘Real Life’ provides a soulful, contemplative glimpse at Payper’s struggles with the visuals ever-reflecting the lyrics. Potter raps, “Sugh Knight in this Black Impala, mob shit tryna jack him after. I’m too G I’m so Bush Obama,” over a guitar-led track. Potter is definitely one of the coldest UK rappers, with some of the realist lyrics. You can get his EP here.

 

February 11, 2016

The Sounds Of UK Rap @DonStrapzy_ @YungenPlayDirty @RealGeko @PotterPayper @akalamusic

I’m here to bring you some of the latest tracks and news from the world of UK Rap from the past two weeks. January was the warm-up month and now we’re in February it’s time for artists to really bring the heat.

Don Strapzy

Don Strapzy, a seasoned UK rap artist hailing from South London begins the year in the best possible way with brand new track ‘Enigma’ after dropping 3 covers in the month of January. Presenting the track with a key lead, ghostly beat, he showcases his laid back flow allowing his bars to be evident and heard intensely. Filmed in his hometown in Blue Borough, the visuals focus solely on him, as he takes us on a walk around his local estate, showing us the realness behind his lyrics “100 wraps in my shoebox, man I’m living comfy. Fuck it that’s a lie, man I’m still out here in my rusty.”

Strapzy also released the news of his first headline show at Birthdays in Dalston on the 21st April where he and some special guests (Ms Banks & TE Dness) will perform. This could mean we will see his debut album drop before then?

You can buy tickets for his show here.

Yungen

Yungen signed to major label Sony Records last year after his success was evident, releasing banger after banger and a successful headline show at the 02 Islington. The work never stops for the 23-year-old artist who always shows his consistency, year after year.

‘Comfy’ is the latest cut from the South London spitter, who brings us braggadocious bars, addressing his haters and telling us he’s secure. The video shot at night shows him and his crew, where he pays homage to Section Boyz, Stormzy and Play Dirty. It seems to have upset Chip who thinks he was sending for him on the track, with Chip highlighting it on Twitter and Yungen replying, “If I was sending for you I would have done it a long time ago.”

Yungen also announced his headline show, which is on the 25th April at Village Underground. I’m sure he will be bringing some special guests down too for an unforgettable evening. Get your tickets here.

Geko

Geko the Manchester-based rapper continues to show his hunger and passion for the game, releasing a few tracks already this year. We love seeing a young artist with so much fire in his belly, and who can cater to the ladies and the men with different tracks. His new one ‘Middle Fingers’ is sticking one up to the haters. It seems Geko has a lot he has to get off of his chest on a laid-back beat. He tells us how he thinks some ‘fake’ friends are using him, but fake love is better than none.

Potter Payper

2015 saw Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 in America bring out Potter Payper at music event Pitched Up, co-signing the rappers credibility. A one to watch for 2016, Potter Payper returns this year with news of his brand new EP ‘One Time dropping in March. He releases the first visuals from the EP Normal featuring the soulful vocals of Maverick Sabre on a New Machine produced beat. The Essex rapper talks us through some real-life issues he sees in the world around him and how it’s normal for people going through them. It’s a reality track and showcases Paypers’s lyrical prowess and how it normal to be different. We can’t wait for his EP and more visuals to drop from that!

Akala

Akala sat down with the presenters on Not For The Radio, the online interview series that began last year and was very much needed for the UK ‘urban scene’. Akala is a huge voice and authority on many topics, not just music, but politics and history too. His intellect is not one to be messed with and on this interview he discusses in-depth confronting the EDL, the relationship with his sister Ms Dynamite, class, self-hatred and the benefits of being vegan. It’s a very interesting watch and shows Akala’s realness