The Brink: Ms Banks
she was raw, uncensored and stunningly beautiful which as much as it has played in her favour as an artist it also leaves Ms banks faced with adversity
“Music to me is a form of release, an expressive sound, a universal language.”
Taking it back to a time where both the North and the East regions of London were dominating the UK music scene with ample amounts of talent. Flying the flag were some of the city’s most talented artists who are still significantly relevant today (Skepta, Wiley). Within recent years we’ve seen this immense rise of talent derive from the South side of the waters and adding to that tremendous list is 21 year old artist Ms Banks.
With a simple message of letting her audience know that “…they can be free and not care what other people think” Ms Banks is a rapper who’s come into the music scene wanting to offer so much more than just an aesthetically pleasing appearance. ‘Doing it for the ladies’… ‘Female empowerment’ – are all phrases we love to see in a world that still struggles to comprehend that women are the most powerful beings on this earth; Ms Banks wants to incorporate these values throughout her music.
She first made her mark within the ‘scene’ with a flow/attitude that competed well with her male counterparts – she was raw, uncensored and stunningly beautiful which as much as it has played in her favour as an artist it also leaves Ms banks faced with adversity
“…I just think it’s harder to be taken seriously as a female, people sometimes tend to have more of an interest in other aspects of you other than your music…”.
Determined to push through it all Ms Banks continues to strive; closing the end of last year with a feature that saw her to be the only female rapper on Tinie Tempah’s mixtape ‘Junk Food’. Touring the UK with the likes of Big Narstie on his BDL tour, receiving vast support from the likes of 1Xtra and releasing a mixtape – ‘New Chapter’ have all been great highlights for the young rapper.
“I was trying a new sound and I was in a different (new) place in my life which is only a small part of my life so it was only right to call it the ‘New Chapter’.
With Rappers/MC’s such as; Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah, Skepta, Ghetts, Lady Leshurr, Little Simz, Stormzy and Giggs all inspiring Ms Banks as she embarks on her own musical journey – she ultimately has one goal she’d like to achieve “…I want to become global and to just spread good vibes all over the world.”
Bigga Fish present #VYBEZ
A Night of Inspiration
Doors 17.00 – 22.00pm
Stratford Circus Arts Centre Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Words: Fiona Frimpong