The Uk Rap Up
June usually signals that festival season is in full flow, and this year you can expect to see UK acts represented at showcases and festivals around the country as well as abroad on an unprecedented scale. In many regards, Glastonbury is still the ‘big’ one; despite UK rap’s lessened presence compared to previous years, the likes of Stylo G, Ghostpoet and Mikill Pane were there over the weekend at Worthy Farm…
For anyone looking to swap the wellies and mud combo for sunnier climates, Wretch 32 will be kicking off Mistajam’s Speakerbox at BCM Mallorca and Charlie Sloth’s Fire on the Beach parties in Ayia Napa, Cyprus will feature likes of Krept & Konan, Giggs and K. Koke.
The standout artist for this month is poet/spoken word artist Suli Breaks, a welcome change from the norm, delivering his message in an increasingly uncommon format. Over the past month the North Londoner’s talents have seen him perform at The House of Parliament as well as join forces with New York’s D-Block general Styles P on the ‘Ready To Die Remix’ alongside a host of other upcoming emcees. Suli Breaks has also just released his ‘Dormroom’ EP.
The month also got off to a cracker regarding CD releases, with the highly-anticipated ‘MMMP2 (More Money More Pagans 2)’ from Hackney’s J Spades being the highlight. There were also strong releases from Snap Capone with ‘Return of The Shooter’ and Smiler with ‘The Coming Mixtape’.
All three mixtapes delivered the type of quality that seemed to have been lacking around the start of the year, so let’s hope they’ve sent out a clear message to the rest of the scene and helped to up the levels.
Peace. Until next time…
Words: Tobi Oke (@TeflonTobz)