Uk Rap Rundown
This duo are an unstoppable force and 2014 begun with a whole host of artists remixing their hit track ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ including Lady Leshurr, Shystie and A.Dot, Dru Blu, Youngs Teflon, Bonkaz, Stormzy, Swift and many more.
Krept & Konan made another power move last week, flying to New York to visit the Bad Boy head office where they became the first UK rappers to film for Diddy’s Revolt TV. I can’t wait to see the footage, and we can only expect bigger and better things from them this year.
Giggs released the video to ‘Mr Kool’ featuring soul legend Anthony Hamilton; it’s my favourite track from his ‘When Will It Stop’ album. I guess he’s really not stopping for anybody, as him and Lolo also released the video to their track ‘Gangsters’. Lolo, who hails from Memphis, enlisted the South London rapper to feature on her soulful track to give it that Bonnie & Clyde edge with his bars.
After the success of his first track ‘What You Got’ to be heard off his ‘The African Dream’ EP that is slated for a release date of February 17, Negash Ali returns with his lead single ‘Fire In The Sky’ produced by Focus and featuring a hook from Siff.
The 23-year-old has already worked with Chris Brown and Jadakiss and opened for Ne-Yo, Nas, Damian Marley and Wiz Khalifa. Expect to hear more from him this year.
South East London rapper Snap Capone released his 24-track mixtape ‘The Memoir’ last month and last week dropped the video to ‘Gangster’s Tale’ from there. Snap Capone is rated highly in the scene and this year I’m looking forward to seeing his progress and what is to come from him.
Two members of USG last week released music. The first was Exo who gave fans a free mixtape of 18 tracks which saw features from DVS, Scorcher, Ard Adz, Sho Shallow and more. You can get ‘The Best Of Exo Vo.1 from Hood Tapes for free now.
Manchester based Geko and youngest in charge got influenced by Mic Righteous for his track ‘Mind Games’ - instead of a pen, he talked about headphones and a bed… you’ll have to listen to it to understand.
Until next time!
Words: Shireen Fenner (@Shireenxoxo)
Online Edit: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)