The Uk Rap Rundown
Last week was the launch of Dru Blu’s street album ’This Is Don Strapzy’, which saw him hold a party for it in Hoxton. ‘T.I.D.S’ features Young Spray, Young Mad B, Shaun White, Madhat McGore and more. Dru Blu said on the night: “The album is being released independently with no intention to chart. Everyone knows my darker alter-ego is Don Strapzy who is unwilling to compromise; therefore on the album we break a lot of rules…”
The launch party for the album was packed with supporters and Dru enlisted other UK acts such as Stylo G and Davinche to perform on the night. He told me after the show: “I think it was a perfect celebration of the hard couple of months work put into the creation of the street album. I want to thank everyone that came out to support, especially the beautiful ladies.”
Exciting news: one of UK rap’s finest is back! Giggs let it be known that he had been released from prison when he took to Twitter to write: “GOD IS GREAT. Big Thanx to the jury for recognising my innocence. Thanks to everyone for all the positive energy and support.”
Wiley, Skepta, Black The Ripper and many other artists took to Twitter to show their support for Giggs, with Giggs brother Joe Grind also showing his delight along with SN1’s Gunna Dee. We can’t wait to see what Giggs will have in store for us once he gets back in the booth.
South London rapper Fekky released the video to’ Show You How/Yeah H*e’, which is going to be on his mixtape ‘Come On Den’ hosted by the mixtape king DJ Whoo Kid, which will be released soon.
Play Dirty duo Krept & Konan have brought dancehall vibes for their new track ‘Light Up’ and are joined by Sneakbo and Siah to add some extra flavour. West London’s Cath’Em was also releasing summertime vibes as he provided us with ‘Steez’, the fourth visual from his mixtape ‘Year Of The Dragon Stout’.
North London rapper PW joined USG’s EXO for a track entitled ‘No Days Off’; seemingly a motto these two live by. Young Spray released the net video to his own track ‘Mama/Gunshot’ taken off his ‘Hard To Kill Vol.2’ mixtape, whilst also featuring on Dru Blu’s ‘Most Hated’ as the video dropped last week.
Joe Grind and Lioness’ video for ‘Abolished’ is due out on Friday on GRM Daily; we should also be seeing K. Koke’s ‘The Only One’ dropping this week, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that one.
I’m off to Croatia for the Outlook Festival now, so until next time…
Words: Shireen Fenner (@Shireenxoxo)