The Uk Rap Up With Tobz
Officially past the half-way point of the year, August carries on the summer tradition of bringing the top releases from the big hitters in the UK rap scene...
Joe Black dropped a contender for mixtape of the year with 'Realionaire', which he released as a free download. It seems that the self-proclaimed 'King Of The Underground' is well and truly back upon his throne again. I had the opportunity to speak with Joe Black in an exclusive interview coming soon to The Wrap Up, in which he expressed his views on the UK scene, as well as giving an insight into the (long) process behind the creation of 'Realionaire'.
On the south side of things, Youngs Teflon and Killa Ki (aka Kivalli) made the most amount of noise. Youngs went the iTunes route with the follow-up to 2009s 'Grown Man Thing' with 'GMT II', and Ki dropped a new EP, 'Capo Di Tutti Capi' – both varying flavours of rap and both highly recommended.
With work rate and flow of releases always a strong point of the scene, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the emphasis of putting projects out for free is to build up a buzz and increase the fanbase for an artist. This has subsequently turned into recouped costs by way of bookings for live performances and PAs. Bearing this in mind, the release of a project isn’t the end of the line – rather the starting point for bigger and better platforms to be reached for an artist.
Bigz, who dropped 'Quantum Leap' to great acclaim in June, was chosen to be the support act for N-Dubz on their UK tour. Playing to crowds in Bristol, Oxford, Liverpool and more, the Flygerian had crowds of (predominately white) teenagers rocking along to his hits.
This yet again proves the notion that no matter the demographic or culture of a targeted audience, people will always respond to good music.
Words: Tobi Oke (@TeflonTobz)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)