Uk Rap Rundown
There was a few bits of bad news last week as Giggs took to Youtube to announce that the police had cancelled his show at Under The Bridge. The news was upsetting as it gave his London fans the opportunity to hear him perform tracks off his new album out today ‘When Will It Stop’. As Giggs says in one of his lyrics on track ‘Slow Songs’ “They talk about they wanna cut crime down, I do something positive and they fly down”. This was a direct statement about how the police are trying to hold him back. Fortunately he has too many fans and supporters for that to happen! So support real rap and go and buy the album now.
On Saturday night Giggs also gave BBC Radio 1/1Xtra DJ’s Mistajam and Charlie Sloth two exclusive plays. To Mistajam he handed ‘Mr Kool’ featuring legendary singer Anthony Hamilton who lent his soulful voice produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E League for a cool laid back 70’s vibe. Charlie got the harder cut ‘What It Gets Like’ featuring another legend in the game Styles P.
The second bit of bad news came from J Spades who took to Twitter and Instagram yesterday to announce he was moving away for music. Permanent or not it has not been confirmed. He stated on Twitter,
“They keep cockblocking the movement! Pity the fans don't know wagwaan but I'm sure they gonna start asking questions soon!”
“1 more cd then I'm out! Goin to have fun somewhere else! Lol #PowerMoves”.
On Instagram he wrote “right now my mind state is to step away from music! The industry is too fake & full of sh*t! #NewMoves #BusinessVentures”. Hopefully we’ll hear more on the situation soon, and that the Hackney rapper will change his mind.
Heard of Little Torment yet? Well he’s one to keep an eye out for right now. Last week he dropped the visuals to ‘So Close But So Far’ with the video looking like it was shot in the summer with a BBQ and drinks and generally nice vibes. The track is taken from his ‘Behind Closed Doors’ mixtape.
Little Torment also featured on Harry Shotta’s track ‘What Would You Do’ which was off the ‘Twelve Months’ mixtape. The track questions and looks at complications within the music industry and issues that can hold people back or make them untrue to themselves.
One of iRecords team Young Mad B dropped the video to ‘Big Homie’ off his forthcoming mixtape ‘MV3 Stress Relief’. The track is quite though provoking, expressive and moving.
Words: Shireen Fenner (@Shireenxoxo)