Uk Rap Rundown
I made it down to I Luv Live last Monday, which was held at XOYO in Shoreditch. I braved the snow to catch rappers such as duo Ard Adz and Sho Shallow and rapper/singer Bobbi Lewis perform along with many others. It was a good night and the strongest line up I’ve seen there in a while, with everyone who performed putting on a great show…
Since I’ve started this column, K. Koke’s name seems to come up a lot, showing his phenomenal work rate in the lead up to the release of his debut album. Last week saw the release to the video of his second single ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’ featuring Rita Ora. We were present at the shoot, with the backdrop in a prison. He also hit the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge recently, covering James Arthur’s hit ‘Impossible’ with singer Daley.
The newest USG member Aystar has wasted no time getting straight into the studio to show everyone what he is capable of. The Liverpool representative has been clocking up respectable YouTube views with his net videos and freestyles, catching people’s attention. Aystar joined youngest member Geko for his first USG track ’Don’t Play Around’.
Jaja Soze dropped the video to ‘Be Inspired’, taken from his latest album ‘The Message’ - a conscious and inspirational track, with the visuals matching the lyrics perfectly.
Mic Righteous’ fanbase has been increasing steadily, with the rapper recently receiving support from the likes of Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande. He is now ready to take the next step, with his forthcoming EP ‘Open Mic’ available to pre-order now. The ‘Ghost Town’ video dropped last week and although I haven’t been to Margate, where he is from, it definitely looks like that is where it was shot.
S.A.S released the audio to a brand new track, giving us a taster of what is to come from their ‘Coming To America II (B Side)’ mixtape. ‘Dungeon Party’ features femcee heavyweight Nicki Minaj.
Ahead of Micall Parknsun’s heavily-anticipated album release ‘Me Myself and Akai’, which is out today, he dropped the video to a track taken from there, entitled ‘Return Of The Blaow!’
Cashtastic and So Solid Crew’s Harvey came together for ‘Making It/His-Story’; the lyrics tell the stories of their journey and achievements. It’s probably a good time for the So Solid members to start putting out tracks as they announced their reunion tour recently, which is going down in March.
Tonight is the Official Mixtape Awards nominations party which is taking place in Soho; the night will see performances from Dru Blu, Young Mad B and many more. If you're coming down, I'll see you there. Otherwise, until next week...
Words: Shireen Fenner (@Shireenxoxo)