In this week’s Rap Rundown, we’ve the announcement P Money’s ‘Live + Direct’ album, Bonkaz’s Daily Duppy followed by a surprise EP, Dave’s latest track ‘Wanna Know’ and a freestyle from 67.
Last week saw the announcement of a debut album from one of Grime’s most loyal ambassadors, P Money. The south London MC, who’s already created an impressive back catalogue of work, took to twitter on Wednesday to write ‘My first ever album campaign starts tomorrow on @mistajam show!!’ and following this, announced that the title track ‘Panasonic’ would be premiered by the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ.
As one of Grime’s old guard, P Money has built a career on the strength and energy of his live shows, radio freestyles and the odd release. He’s not one of these new generation MCs who feels the need to pollute the internet with a barrage of EPs, mixtapes and visuals, so I can only assume that the time an energy saved on that, will have been put into his debut record.
P Money also released the ‘Live + Direct’ album cover artwork which was taken from the pit at this year’s Rinse FM Born & Bred Festival by AAA photographer Vicky Grout. Check out the lead track ‘Panasonic’ below.
Last week also saw Bonkaz release his latest body of work, ‘Working Under Pressure’. However, he approached his EP from a completely different angle. Rather than taking his time to curate and produce the project or attempt to create a classic album, Bonkaz wrote, recorded and released the EP in just four hours.
The concept of the project and Bonkaz’s message to his fans epitomizes the fickle nature of the modern music market – especially in the UK. Artists aren’t able to take their time like Frank Ocean and leave their supporters waiting or years for the next release, they have to regular feed their fans with new music or risk losing the profile and support they’ve already generated.
As well as releasing a four track EP, Bonkaz made his return to GRM Daily last week with his second Daily Duppy. For me, this is the south London rapper at his best. He’s explored quite a few different avenues - including the more melodic tones of NBA and the more commercial sounds of You Don’t Know - but the introspective UK rap style Bonkaz showcases on this freestyle, in my opinion, is where his talent seems effortless.
Listen to the mixtape here and check out his Daily Duppy below.
Up and coming rapper Dave dropped the visuals for his latest track ‘Wanna Know’ last week switching up his vocal style as well as the setting for the shoot. Rather than hard hitting verses accompanied by the generic shots of London estates or city skylines, Dave takes a more melodic approach to the tune and jetted out to Venice, Italy for the video.
‘Wanna Know’ is full of quotable bars and anthemic hooks and, although it’s not really the type of UK rap I’d listen to, I’m definitely feeling it. Check out the visuals below.
67 are another UK rap collective known for their quotables and last week saw LD and Dimzy release their short #FamilyFirst freestyle over a Carns Hill instrumental from the producers forthcoming compilation of the same name.
The freestyle, all be it brief, showcases their distinctive style which has seen the enigmatic UK rap family become one of the scene’s most talked about acts and I know I’m not the only one who’s excited to see what the future holds for 67.
Words: Patrick Fennelly
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan