Verb T & Pitch 92 – Good Evening

Hip Hop article, U.K HipHop Artist

In a Parisian record store, Verb T and Pitch 92 rummage through crates of records while on their French Tour for their album Good Evening. It is between these four walls that their musical union is apparent. An activity that highlights their creative collaboration allowing smooth cooperation due to their similar musical ideals.

With Pitch’s smooth beats, Verb T approaches confidently by forging a diverse range of rigorous bars, creating a lyrically skilled album. It was while Verb T was touring with the Four Owls and Pitch the Mouse Outfit that the two met, creating an instinctive alliance of minds and music tastes. From then, this musical encounter would create a relationship binding the pair and preparing them for their album Good Evening, a long and steady piece to come together after three years. While both at opposite ends of the UK, with Pitch from Manchester and Verb T from London, there was a constant sending back and forth of material, while communication was key. With beats influencing Verb T’s lyrics, their parallel styles fuse together creating tracks of a high-end reflection. Each piece can be seen to highlight their cooperativeness yet their solitary artistic labor.

A smooth long-term project where inspiration derived from their precision to the craft. When asked how Verb T’s songwriting has developed through the years, his answer was simple ‘The theory of 10 000 hours’, comparing to his talent of emceeing. He added, ‘by pushing yourself to get better you are always going to learn new things, as I have never got to a point where I feel I am happy and I cant improve’. Yet his confidence is more eye-catching than ever, with his new material shining with skill.

The album carve’s its way to success in the UK scene with some influential talent featured. From the likes of Jehst, Ocean Wisdom, Confucius MC, DRS to name a few, the choice of emcees added to the album derived from both their unique associations’ in the scene. Pitch 92, predominantly known for his involvement in the Mouse Outfit, and Verb T a pioneer in modern emceeing, both involved different musical associations to show their names on the album.

While beatmaker and wordsmith have been busy wrapping up the album, they have already been crafting away at their next one. When asked how they are marking themselves from Good Evening, they exclaimed that they were paying attention to the final sound. The two are making textured music for sound systems during their live sets, which can only sound far too promising. With this talented debut from both musicians, their next album is already impatiently awaited.

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Summer Reminiscing with Maxwell Owin

U.K HipHop Artist

While summer draws to a close and winter takes over. We take a look back to the invigorating essence of summer. A big part of that for the versatile artist Maxwell Owin is Brainchild Festival : a get-together amongst his contemporaries and friends at a festival that they have been representing since the dawn of it’s days.

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At this weekend fuelled of artistic endeavours, Maxwell Owin is a common name to be heard, and it is here that he reminisced through his music career. After playing his third set of the weekend, this DJ came and sat on one of the hand-made benches crafted from wooden pallets while he caught his breathe from his DJing performance for SE Dub Collective. This musician has quickly become a backbone in South London’s music scene by creating his own unique sounds within the electronic music genre. A musician who cunningly inserts his stylistic creations collaborating with many contemporary names in the music scene, has a capacity to adapt with different musicians in an astounding manner.

His broad musical knowledge, technical and theoretical can be heard through his production abilities. This extensive musical awareness, developed through growing up, while he managed to grasp an interest within most music genres hands-on while collaborating with a diverse amount of artists. From a young age Maxwell Owin was exposed to a variety of different musical tastes which would then continue to develop through his connections. Growing up in Oxford he was exposed through family, friends and his own curiosity to a lot of classical music, old jazz ,as well rock. This would create the foundation of his interest in music that he would push throughout his education and would be pursued in his music GCSE’s.

He would first put his own mind to creation while using DAW producing software, prominent and profound moment where suddenly the ideas in his head oozed into an effortless flow. This passion would be the beginning of a long progression in his journey of becoming a DJ. Whilst a teenager his music taste evolved during the birth of Dubstep which aroused new musical excitement which would prime his own taste with his adoration of Jazz and rock, to more chilled out electronic vibes.

It was then that he retreated to London where his music ability would flourish while he was immersed in a rich diverse group of individuals who all had the same intentions: pushing the music scene in a new, unique direction. This young and fresh musician would meet the likes of Ragofoot and Jackal Wyfried who would introduce this producer into their talented social sphere and also involve in many creative musical projects. Ragofoot and Jackal Wyfried participated in the first sessions where Steez first began in a Pub South of the river. Here, Maxwell Owin would tie-in by doing sets and meeting many artists. Steez, a South-London collective composed of bands, DJ’s, poets, merging all their creative abilities in this night would encompass many of the musical inspirations that would drive Maxwell Owin in the music scene. This blend of musical tastes would seep through into this musician’s own talent creating his exclusive genre. Steez would be the beginning of many collaborations but also friendships. It would be the origin of his alliance with MC Pinty. Looking back, Maxwell Owin recalls this debut of his music career with a ‘weird nostalgia’. Maxwell Owin’s musical journey has varied, from playing in warehouses with 2-step garage under MC Pinty’s jumpy bars which would proceed to meeting up with different artists encompassing many different genres and sets. These alliances would allow him to tackle his devotion of all his diverse musical tastes. From working with his colleague Izzy Bizu he worked on more chilled-out vibes, to then being part of SE Dub Collective where Dub was able to take a new arousing form of movement conceiving a new name for the genre in London.

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Maxwell Owins role in Steez became more and more prominent as he supported this new musical platform, constantly stimulating new musical talent. While he played in Rotterdam aside Steez at the beginning of his career as well as supporting Brainchild festival from the start, his position as a multi-talented artist ingrained itself as his alliance with Steez solidified. This love for supporting artists not only comes from making music but also his investment in different mediums such as radio shows or his immersion in South London’s music scene by devoting a lot of time working with Yam Records, a record shop in Peckham exposing independant labels.
Since being overtly exposed to South-London’s current artistic scene, his hunger to grasp many different musical atmospheres derives from his inspiration to ‘challenge people’. He explains that by mastering different genres and altering them to create a new taste of music and putting it out to the public, it allows a certain drive in his musical creations. This musical passion can be observed in his performances. While doing his sets he enters a personal trance where each transition into a new track becomes an esthetic game for mind and ear. This derives from his experience of ‘DJing to empty rooms and not looking at the audience’. This attention to creating unique senses by mixing specific tracks comes from his foremost musical inspirations. Burial, being his most favored producer who allowed him to gain his interest in London on a musical and personal level added with his involvement with Steez encouraging him to fuse Jazz into his productions can illustrate his tracks once listened to. His music blends electronic and acoustic on different levels which Owin said rooted from ‘working with love and respect to other people’s craft’. This once again presents Maxwell Owin as a DJ whose work is established through different relationships. He is constantly working with individuals ‘I see them at gigs, house’s I’m always thrust into company especially in Steez’. This cohesive core and friendships that is created through the musical medium allows a certain openness which is identified through his work due to the nature of improvement and improvisation. By ramming different genres in his work he is not one for pigeon-holeing his music, instead he works through ‘phases’. From mixing Jazz, to garage, to his recent collaboration with Jamie Isaac where his work can be seen as futuristic. This multi-talented artist’s work can be densified into his new EP that was out the 8th of September. Here you may see an array of genres and artists that he has compressed into a musical project that describes his London journey.

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A.F.R.O

U.S Hip Hop Artist

This 19 year old who has recently hit the Hip Hop scene by storm. With his incredible high speed vocals blended with his extended diverse vocabulary he has come as a surprise in the music scene. Viewed as the mystic offspring of a musical era that has come to an end, he made a special appearance with this US old school Hip Hop at Hifi. This young soul takes us back to an older generation of Hip Hop that is hard to come by nowadays. With his old school drift it is impossible to not guess his influences and idols in music. While being discovered at a rap contest by RA the Rugged Man and within so little time hitting the media  with his mature knowledge of how to spit bars, a musical gem has been discovered. He was soon mentored by RA the Rugged Man and flown to New York to meet some of the most renowned figures from Hip Hop’s golden era such as DJ Premier and Kool G Rap. Since then he has been elevating the quality of Hip Hop’s status and demonstrating to the younger generation as much to the older, that there is still a place for this style of music that has had such a big impact on the world we live in today.

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When asked the differences between US and UK hip hop and its reception, A.F.R.O described Europe to be a whole more energetic force. With a lot more movement and upheaval from fans at his gigs compared to the mostly head-bopping from the US this could clearly be seen from Hifi’s gathering. While A.F.R.O performed with Marco Polo, the crowd revelled in this sous-genre of Hip Hop that is practically unknown from the current fresh, young crowds. With his husky, deep voice that vibrates the whole room as he raps with exhilarating and researched vocabulary this rapper who is described as an ‘old soul’ leaves the crowd on edge. While he spits on mellow beats then breaks into lunatic freestyles this new head is reviving the old scene with genuine down-to-earth intentions. When asked what he wanted future Hip Hop to look like his ideal was to ‘just keep touring, keep meeting his fans and keep making music’. This shows the real ambition of his making music as a remedy. While indicating the impact of Hip Hop throughout his life starting with the guidance of his parents initiating him to the likes of NAS and Biggie at the age of 6/7 he was being submerged with this old school material that would have an effect on his musical persona. What stuck to this young individual was the roots of Hip Hop, the soul infused boom bap beats that he would soon interpret and modify to his own unique taste. A.F.R.O has been able to carve a career for himself while working with his favourite ‘O.G’S’, which as he said he is able to incorporate their influence in his music while working with on a personal level. With his plans for the future a new musical TV show for VH1 as well as  he is currently working on his next album featuring the likes of Pete Rock etc, his presence in the music scene is not to be dismissed.

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Defenders of Style

U.K HipHop Artist

Defenders of Style are classified as a predominant music group in the Northern UK Hip Hop scene. Having been in the game for a solid amount of time, during the rise of UK Hip Hop, Defenders of Style have had a strong impact in their musical sphere. In their intimate studio Prys, Disgust and Jack Danz took a trip down memory lane reminiscing while retracing their steps in the game and their achievements of today. Having met during the vital years of adolescence, they soon became part of a circle of young adolescents with the same interests. During these years they soon built strong bonds with a main common enthusiasm for music. They started off initiating their music tastes to old school 90’s Hip Hop such as Biggie, Big L and Wu Tang Clan. In their own time they were discovering the major figures of the UK Hip Hop milieu of Skinnyman, Klashnekoff but soon through their friendship circle they were passed down mixtapes from older brothers introducing them to more precise style. The Leeds scene was emerging at it’s own rate with Double D Dagger and Arrow, 9 Lives, BTI, Invisible circle. With all this material the boys were bombarded with knowledge which took this musical interest and turned it into an obsession. These artists that were having such a big impact ‘solidified everything they respected and wanted to achieve‘ for their musical path. This was the beginning of a source of entertainment that became a prior part of their lifestyle.

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Once they had gained the capacity to reach out, they started doing open MIC’s in Leeds. This is where their drive which they all individually possessed got turned up a notch where more time and skill got invested. With the interest of 10 Tonne and Tony Green, major figures in the growth of the Hip Hop scene, these figures picked up on them. With this, they started to what they were doing on a more serious note. While beginning to promote on new various social media platforms they were starting to notice a role reversal of what they had known before; it was their mixtape that was starting to be passed down to the younger generation. This is how their first album ‘Thoughts of the Nameless’ became. With a selection of tracks that had covered 6 years of their lives, this album was the starting point that solidified their name enabling them to gain more coverage, bookings and success in the Northern Hip Hop scene.

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Dolce Stil Nuvo was the second album to create an impact on their career. From their first album different contrasts occurred. Thoughts of the Nameless was very much swing orientated with emphasis on the bars and chorus whereas Dolce Stil Nuvo was grittier and more stylistically wrought. From the first to second album a clear transition was made, the style developed as so did their attitude towards life, the influence of people they were around etc, making all musicians tighter together. During this maturing process the boys all established their roles while solidifying their style, image and also working process. The boys work with the usually dark yet classical boombap vibes that producer Danz provides, creating their cypher infused style of high volume emceeing and low volume spitting. When creating their lyrics it is only a natural occurence, sometimes all members will be in the studio where they would pinpoint and elaborate on a certain tone to a certain track, otherwise the majority of bars will be written outside of their studio with Disgust, Joe Snow and Prys sending them to and fro to all other members. This creates a jumble of themes covered through their discography, the only main concept they like to include are feelings to relate to making each track an unpredictable surprise. When spitting, the manner they have learnt to operate together musically and grown with is a gritty ambiance that sounds better live or in a cypher rather than recorded straight in the studio. This can be seen as one of the reasons why Defenders of Style strive so well during performances allowing them to have be supporting acts of Souls of Mischief, Redman & Methodman and Pete Rock. This unique style that they incorporate has been captured and emphasized with the help of Chris Bromley who has filmed and directed all of their music videos. The viewer can sense both music and cinematic styles evolving with time, showing both sets of artistic minds merging to create Defenders of Styles image. Each member brings something unique to the table such as Disgusts ability to hype live acts with his energetic performances and Prys charismatic delivery, quotable punchlines and Snows wordplay and flow. With Jack Danz one of the most renowned producers in the UK, this perfectionist works and carves out the initial work material till early mornings the will jump out at the live acts dropping synchronised excellence on quality of spitting and producing. All together they worked smoothly as a team at their own pace. Disgust described themselves as ‘good at working on the whole but can find themselves unprofessional at times’, the only factor that may have held them back as they have always held the same motives for spitting and producing: the entertainment and relaxation of working in this unique atmosphere. Even as more interest landed on Defenders of Style they carried on working in their usual fashion to not loose the intentions of what matters and their initial devotion.

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Since being on the scene for a while now they have been able to see an evolution in Hip Hop as a whole while viewing new figures come and go. Through the years there have been different ways of linking up and sharing ideas explained Defenders of Style. From debuting in an era where the only way to get your music heard was from a mixtape made of an 8track, now they see a new generation fuelled by technology and sweeping social media of it’s feet with a whole new different technique and style moving it’s way into the younger Hip Hop heads earphones. While Defenders of Style who were always more used to their stricter boombap vibes, have since collaborated with these Hip Hop acts who were influencing their own music with more slowed down beats and an eerie tone such as Northaze a local act who have have blown up on the scene in the past year, the boys say that it’s fresh to work this new generational talent as it’s inspiring to have the younger generations coming through as strong as they are.

This Hip Hop act when asked what’s in store for them, it’s to continue to make their beats in arrival for a new album. A new innovative album with lot’s of stylistic twists, Defenders of Style are targeting their audience while still keeping with what it’s about for them. By taking a pleasure experimenting with new material this new album is evolving with time but as the boys expressed ‘life sometimes gets in the way’, allowing all their fans and existing listeners to become ever more impatient to hear to these new sounds they’re cooking up in their studio. 2017 looks good for these boys.
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Indigo Frequency E.P Purple Flesh

U.K HipHop Artist

Indigo Frequency has just released their crisp new dopped-up E.P ‘Purple Flesh’. This new E.P is fuelled by Whispy Ray on the main vocals and Sloths producing on the backing track and musical MC’ing to reinforce this duo’s ability to spit.

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Together they have been able to capture this raw, glistening rap sous-genre of Hip Hop that has arrived this past year. A wave of new rapper’s with a divergent vibe have hit the UK Hip Hop scene and Indigo Frequency are far ahead of grasping the ins and outs of these prominent sounds that are having such a big impact on the young and new Hip Hop heads.
The resonating sound of youthful Hip Hop is captivating with their tranquillising beats. Both musicians raid your mind with Sloth’s trippy instrumentals and slow-meddling flow when rapping that make you feel like Halloween came early and Whispy’s clear-cut articulation invades your mind for you to enter Indigo Frequency’s visions and values of this generation. The slow pace of Whispy Ray and Sloth allows the listener to drop themselves into dark harsh reality of life that is numbed by the substances that we as a generation use to cope due to the corrupt governmental systems to find their real spiritual enlightenment. Their music name has a major impact on them and their beats after being named after the concept of ‘Indigo children’ a new-age concept accepting that children can possess special, unique capacities and traits and abilities. Whispy Ray and Sloth can be identified as these crystal children with their rare talents and advantages of grasping the music industry in such a short space of time and reaching their goal with such tremendous significance.
Together they sound clear-cut like Whispy’s vocals the needle of a turntable on one of Sloths vinyl instrumentals creating this Indigo Frequency. Only establishing themselves around October 2015 this newly united collaboration have been able to link up in their hometown of Ipswich after meeting from a bittersweet situation that defined a moment of their lives when Sloth got kicked out of school. With the ability to invest time and enthusiasm in creating this musical ambition they linked up while using the advantage of Sloth’s dads studio. This was the debut of the creation of the Indigo Family as a collective with adding the names of those such as Rhy Shabby, Count Drankula, Briti$h. When collaborating Indigo Frequency eject a more gritty side effect as they get influenced and involved with Shabby, Count Drankula & Briti$h’s darker facets. All together becoming a select set of  young individuals participating to this new movement of UK Hip Hop they have opened up the possibility of this Southern area to thrive off this scene. Having been musically active for a year with Sloth producing not only for Indigo frequency but for the whole family and Whispy also having a background in producing and mixing but since the last year he has concentrated on his capacity for MC’ing. Since collaborating together they released their first E.P ‘High Frequencies’ which can be seen as their first big step forth into what they have achieved now. Sloths dark, trippy, mind-meddling style of producing and MC’ing along with Whispy Rays issues of our generation crisis while rapping about youths psychological ways of diverting our young minds from these problems by entering a new spiritual wave-length.. ‘High Frequencies’ can give a perfect insight into what genre this new E.P is about, feeling a smooth evolution with a more mature yet tactful manner of keeping their constant major stylistic traits.

2016 has been an uproar for these young individuals new to the music scene. Indigo frequency with already their first E.P behind them, along with their family they branched out collaborating with each-other and sharing and creating lot’s more material. It was also another way for them to get active, not only for them to stay and jam in the studio but discover what it was like to be involved in other aspects of the music industry. Within one year they were able to become involved at local pubs, venues which evolved to the creation of their own first night ‘Indiglo’. Other than this over the summer they have whirled through the music scene attending and playing at festivals such as Latitude, NAS and boombap as well as performing for BBC introducing Suffolk at the John Peel center.

Purple Flesh is clearly visible to be seen as the golden fruit of their hard labour. Able to appeal to all as it integrates familiar ideas of sous-genres that appear in this UK Hip-Hop’s neowave it nonetheless gathers elements that define these musicians from the others which is very apparent in ‘Purple Flesh’. This E.P can be seen as a solid masterpiece of what the boys have been working for to create their own style which incorporates a clear idea of their mind-frames.
Some of the songs including ‘Try Us’ featuring Rye Shabby, invite you into the world of the messy late-night producing and gathering of the Indigo family, sharing this lifestyle they have moulded for themselves.
This fresh E.P  features a raw video for the track ‘Try Us’ to accompany the debut of this new musical discovery. We view the indigo family merging together to create an image that can define them as a group: fresh, wavey and on the ball. The visuals to the video meddle with the skatty vibrations of not only their lifestyle but the generation that this is sent out for.

Indigo Frequency within one year can be considered one of the most up-and-coming young Hip Hop duo’s, having not only established a name and their own personal characteristics but they have created a space for themselves in the music scene. With a rising amount of followers through their constant new material and activeness on the scene Indigo Frequency have a long future ahead of themselves. So let Purple Flesh invade your mind and body, allowing yourself to become one of their indigo children as this is only the beginning of adding their tracks to your playlist.

https://indigofrequency.bandcamp.com/album/purple-flesh

Pop Brixtons multiple sensation fundraiser with Loose Lips

Hip Hop article

Once again Brixton has found itself in social controversy, surrounded by issues that seem to swarm the area such as music, gentrification and race. The 13th August  Loose Lips, Resonate and Philantropy Collective worked together to form an event at Pop Brixton, a new ‘trendy’ venue where you can grab some food and booze from a wide variety of choice.

I spoke to the co-founder of Loose Lips who had chosen to set up an enjoyable and friendly day event fuelled by artistic souls exposing their paintings, clothes, poetry and live performances. In an area where Brixtons influence to the UK’s music industry is blatant from dub to jungle to Hip Hop, Pop Brixton seemed like the supreme venue to hold an event to receive a booming crowd while preserving good vibes. The team worked together to contribute to Artists in Action. This humanitarian association provides awareness whilst enjoying an artistic experience allowing more people to get involved and come closer to certain crises around the world. The co-founder of Loose Lips, Frederick made clear the importance of supporting one of these many causes, this being the Calais refugee camp. With our eyes shut to the world outside us yet immigration problems being such a current affair it seemed important to create a clear view on this problem being ‘so close to home’ on our border into the UK. With a mixture of diverse talents, artists, backgrounds, some even coming from overseas such as Greece, one intention was clearly seen: bringing humanity together while tackling a serious issue.

Being a lively and colourful event with a successful popularity with over 2800 people through the door, it was thriving. The team had been told, however, to avoid bass type music as Pop Brixtons policy. In the heart of Brixton were music with a fast BPM can be seen as a heritage this new policy can be seen as debatable by some. Around 7/8 in the evening whilst food and drink had been flowing one of the DJ’s whose roots were based in Brixton decided to pay tribute to the area while adding extra atmosphere by playing a Jungle track. With drastic action from the staff the situation escalated quickly after a second DJ repeated to play a D&B track as a statement showing that music should define love and unity. Having the opposite effect the event got shut down due to ‘aggression’. All those involved in the event, distressed by the trouble caused and misunderstanding, found themselves on the doorstep. This left all in a certain awe with some of the team trying to collect extra funds on the streets to complete their goal in helping the Calais Refugee Camp. This quickly got cut short by security from the venue attempting to stop this act of goodwill.

Loose Lips, being involved in many events around the UK, has had a large experience in creating events. Frederick explained his disappointment had ran a lot deeper than just misfortune of his event being shut down. Being not only a charity event which had ran smoothly with all artists showing a considerable compassion, the problems raised ran a lot deeper. In Brixton where the famous arches and markets are being shut down and replaced with trendy tourist traps we found this idea of gentrification getting in the way of the meaning of an event. A Brixton born and bred DJ showing the crowd a peek of his own background and being thrown out on his own doorstep is just a keyhole perspective of the problems involving social class, music and gentrification in our society.                                                            After being in contact with Pop Brixton they have given 5% of the bar take to the charity but this had already initially been agreed. Crucially though, no compensation has been given for the shutdown of the event and the time that was lost where the organisers were not allowed to collect money for the charity leaving yet again a sour note from this rich profitable venue. Even with this brash, unexpected and sad attempt to disharmonise  a great amount of work the day still came to be a success through expanding the knowledge of the public, creating an inspirational showcase.
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Cecil B. Digestive

U.K HipHop Artist

Cecil B. Digestive belongs to London’s South-Eastern collective bringing innovation with a fresh new style  to the Hip-Hop scene. In the heart of the South East is where an array of musicians have been thriving off each other, exchanging ideas and working together to create a rich, ingenious musical hub. Cecil B. Digestive is a perfect example of this productive process by how he works with it enabling it to flourish continuously. Down in New Cross, contemplating on his musical and self identity  with the help of a large coffee and rollie Cecil B. Digestive gives us an insight on the exclusive musical environment in which he lives.

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For the last 6 years this individual has been busy creating new material from a cluster of different stylistic traits. His investment to the music scene first started with STEEZ. In 2011, Luke Newman created a monthly event to involve an array of rythmic talents. At first it was a platform for the South Londoners to inter-connect in their South East London venue for an Open MIC. A wide diversity of talents were to thrive from their acoustic performances to rap battles in this unique environment. Being involved throughout it’s time, when Luke left STEEZ a year and a half ago, Cecil B. Digestive along with Slam The Poet and Cozmas The Melodist took over, allowing STEEZ to progress.
These musical genres being a recurrence throughout Cecil’s life as his upbringing withheld a cluster of contrasting styles. His parents tangled in music themselves, his father a drummer and his mother owning a vast taste in music such as punk and rock. This produced from an early age a child who was alert to sound. This helped determine his thirst for participating somehow in music. Freestyling was seen as an apparent beginning due to his fondness in messing around and as he said ‘I’m good at swearing’. His freestyling commenced 6 years ago and since has been a process of recording in different chilled-out habitats, mostly from homemade studios in bedrooms of friends and acquaintances. Cecil B. Digestives favoured way of bringing forth new material is by working with various producers creating different musical mindsets.

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This musician is renowned for collaborating with many different artists, mostly from MVC but even while creating tracks on a solo basis many different experiments have been undertaken. His first songs have been released under ‘Danke’  which then evolved to ‘Cecil B. Digestive’, a name which appealed and corresponded to his personality- not taking yourself too seriously. It is under his most recent name that he is associated with MVC. Mad Vibez Collective can be seen as one of Cecil B’s most renowned musical participations. Along with Wookz, together they created a unified crowd of individuals sharing the same beliefs and attitudes that they would express through their music. It is described as a mentality, holding it’s own persona. This idea started in 2012 where they would perform for their own enjoyment at parties but at the same time use this medium to create their own banner. MVC is described as a scene, not to be mistaken as a label. It features a variety of politically inspired individuals such as Wookz, Slam the Poet, Footshooter and Cozmas the Melodist who express their feelings and experiences of their late teenage years to present of growing up in a dishonest and unethical generation. Mad Vibez Collective along with their collaborators along the way use a very honest and demonstrative image of their morals and aims in their music as it is ‘not fashion but art’, something that has seemed to got lost in recent Hip Hop. These musicians prefer to be performers rather than use social media which is a minor medium for them. Personal interaction through nights out and events have attracted most attention to this collective from performing on radio on Sicknotes FM or performing at festivals such as Brainchild. Events organized by Cecil B. Digestive benefit not only Mad Vibez Collective but also many other artists reviving London’s spoken word scene. These events include the notorious STEEZ and also Feed the Fishes creating vibrant nights where imaginations and talent flow, becoming a platform for abundance.

Cecil B. Digestive’s rapping style varies depending on the collaboration . Between Ecstasy Wank & The Monocle Tramp which incorporates a jazz infused more traditional boom to the bap feel or even while incorporating his resounding and clear bars and melody which you can catch on Footshooter’s latest E.P or on Sofar Sounds where his talent as a freestyler is clear and undeniable.

His talent as a political and artistic MC can be seen with The Audioters, a major part of his latest labour. Along with Ragofoot this collaboration and it’s outcome took them both by surprise. By choosing to attempt a collaboration together while jamming and sharing new ideas they created 4 original tracks with Rago producing the beats and Cecil on the vocals. In this relaxed environment, Cecil B. Digestive on a stage MIC expressed his inner political and social thoughts in a raw, aggressive manner, his lyrics revealing a part of honesty in the echo of punk behaviour. With such a smooth immersion stylistically their 4 tracks that were created soon became 17. The Audioters are an example of this clear mix n’ match of talents between these young musicians of the South. When asked who Cecil B. Digestive’s musical inspirations derived from it was made clear that it was the local geniuses by throwing each other new material constantly in different genres allowing new inspiration and booming of new abilities.

The future holds many new ideas to come at an evolving pace for Cecil B. Digestive and his entourage. He spoke about a potential future label for more control on their music and artists for further liberation. But for the moment more ‘fucking round the bedroom’ for the collective separately and together is to continue. So get yourself down to the next STEEZ in London to gain a real sense of Cecil B. Digestive’s artistic work.

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Finn Foxell

U.K HipHop Artist

This young blossoming M.C from Shepherds Bush is currently participating to London’s cluster of artistic musicians, renovating and expanding on different genre’s that the 21st century has to offer. Finn Foxell is striving to give his input into our eras genre of hip hop.
In paddington Street Garden’s after college, on his preferential bench he sat down to meditate on his journey in the music industry while billing and meditating over a zoot.
His enthusiasm to create his footprint in the Hip Hop scene started at a tender age. Growing up with London’s significant scene led to multiple influences stemming all the way from the general playground to the more personal tastes such as his brother. Finn has always had an involvement in the music scene with different associations on different levels. From rapping to Eminem and Lil Wayne at school from the age of 7 leading him to play around and create his first beat with his brother at 8. Always being in a sphere of musical influence, this involvement was ensured at the age of 14/15 when his friend who owned a home studio invited Finn Foxell to come and mess around with the MIC. This convenience led to him conjuring up his first tracks on the spot. This gave rise to the first songs that would be later added onto his E.P, including Lovely Day, 15-40 and Need more rizlas generating the idea to create his first project: the E.P that would come together as Introvert. These first tracks were freshly recorded directly in Parallels studio with Finn ‘summarizing the vibe’. While he came to grips with these creations which were initiated as a laugh, he tried to push this activity as it had the potential to be something with a future. Using this musical obsession as an outlet from college and other responsibilities, he was and still is able to use this as a passionate hobby that can only have positive outcomes.

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Introvert came together naturally, becoming a project within itself. This E.P uploaded onto SoundCloud, bringing in more success than anticipated became the trigger setting him off onto his journey.
Since this first project, Finn Foxell has continued to release a number of individual singles through the medium of SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Seasons has been the most favoured receiving a large amount of positive feedback with it’s response exposing this M.C and his individuality. With a rising number of beats being made known to the public different sources were used to gain publicity. The use of radio stations has been a majorly new but successful medium either just for playing his tracks on the airwaves such as Radio Radar or making himself known through interviews such as Climax Radio.

This young M.C has also appeared on London’s stages for his first show at IAMNEXT event at RichMix, Shoreditch in an unexpected way where his fellow friends House Of Pharoes got him up on stage to do a hazy performance. This experience gave him a thirst for the possibilities that this passion for establishing himself had to offer.
Amongst those musically and artistically involved a natural habit of helping to propel each other is a reality. In the Hip Hop scene amongst those starting out, many connections are constructed through sub-genres connecting through different ends of London or through the medium of the media such as SoundCloud. Sam Wise has collaborated many times with Finn Foxell, both creating an coinciding with one another creating a fusion of ideas and vibes in their songs. This alliance is an example of this effect on flourishing artists, as both then met up in a home studio in Streatham for a couple of hours meditating over some zoots and playing around with beats and bars while forging ideas.  Dc Scribbla is another example of this word-smiths coalitions, being close to home illustrating the idea of ‘everything being all so connected’. Even the material for beats or the videos shot are through acquaintances enabling all these young amateurs with their various goals to become part of the prosperous artistic brains of the next generation.

Finn Foxells music has allowed itself to develop into its own individual style in an incredible natural fashion. With the most breezy chilled out vibes the listener can evaporate with the thoughts of this M.C like the smoke evaporating from his spliffs. He has incorporated this lifestyle of music in a social and diverting manner but also as a way to escape by himself, for as he expalined: ‘I am an introvert’. Finn Foxells distraction from life is to meditate in his bubble, chilling and contemplating on life which inspires his next lyrics. This sequence of pastimes produces his songs which are slowly forming a set of quality Hip Hop tunes. At the moment most of his singles are starting to have a more professional way of being revealed to the public. Gradually he has started to release tracks instead of ‘dropping them’ by sending them to different intermediates to obtain an intensified effect.
With time the music is taking on a more experienced approach as more thought is being put in to develop himself as an artist. On a musical level his style has been very much established however he has talked about playing around with more electronic and trap instrumentals on certain beats mixing with his literature, ‘mad expressing’ to innovate to a certain extent. There are plans in the future to extend his authenticity by producing himself personally instead of using random producers.
This artist is working hard to create many fresh projects due this year allowing him to bloom into a prominent Hip Hop M.C on the scene. Many projects that he has in store will enable him to get more coverage such as obtaining more live gigs, printing a limited selection of vinyls  and even putting his music potentially on Itunes, the idea of ‘taking it further’. So watch out for his future visuals on his track Posture coming out in spring capturing his distinct image, keeping it as conceptual as possible as well as the hint of his next E.P to be out this year.
Finn Foxell has been going at his own pace juggling the trials of growing up with his passion for succeeding in the music industry and has had immense positive reactions which is only a sign that this 16 year old is ahead of his time: not only is he ready for the Hip Hop scene but the Hip Hop scene is ready for him.

Wiki – Whole Half ft. Antwon And Jesse James

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Wiki, NYC rapper known from rap group RATKING, has finally released his first solo mixtape bringing a personal, artistic project to the Hip Hop game. With such an energy that flows through into his dynamic tunes, an oldschool New York Hip Hop vibe gets pumped into the listener. Wiki has polished every tune to create a specific sense of a period in his life, through ups and downs, granting a peculiar familiarity with his audience. 

In Whole Half, the beat features South-East London rapper Jesse James Solomon. With Wiki’s pumped flow, Jesse James balances it with his slow, comatose rhythm, creating a perfect medium. The dusty yet rocky instrumental is able to complement both set of bars with hazy tones.

Listen to this colourful arrange of beats all the way from NYC.