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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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

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.

Plane Aggy 

U.K HipHop Artist
In the U.K at a time when so many new artists are generating new abilities , sous-genres and the U.K public is embracing this culture, it is an extremely interesting place to establish yourself. Plane Aggy, a British M.C decided to do the opposite and move to France to allow the French to discover what U.K Hip Hop he had to offer. From a young age Plane Aggy moved to and fro between London, Edinburgh and France. It was in Edinburgh that this young teen began playing around writing bars for his own amusement. At the age of 18 he began to try to involve himself in the Hip Hop scene. However this turned out to be harder than planned. At the time this amateurs experience with Edinburgh’s Hip Hop scene was far from positive. The lack of opportunities to perform proved to be a large barrier. When he did find events he ended up being the black sheep and not fitting in. In a scene that he described as cliquey he found his regional dialect a major set-back. Although he had a rocky début these experiences did not hold him back. They had no negative impact on his motivation and dream to forge his way into the industry. This sense of Hip Hop hostility in Edinburgh is what pushed him to follow the direction towards Bordeaux.

In a city where open MICS are unfamiliar, M.C’s of quality are hard to come by and the general love of classic Hip Hop is rare, Bordeaux was going to be a mission. Where the opportunities are slimmer to make yourself noticed, you have to have an intense drive to succeed. Plane Aggy who was starting from afresh to establish himself encountered difficulties from the start. This M.C explained to me that the French who are generally ignorant to pure U.K Hip Hop tend to listen exclusively to U.S Hip Hop. French Hip Hop in the last few years has had generally an increase of influence from America’s Hip Hop. At first Plane Aggy ‘s Hip Hop was unfamiliar to the French ears but soon he conquered their interest. His musical influences may have helped with gaining his recognition. Plane Aggy grew up to classic U.S Hip Hop artists such as Eminem, Nas, Mac Miller. These artists can be found in his music with his preferred 90’s BPM. A major reason for this M.C’s increase of entourage is the use of 21st centuries technology. His social medias have helped him to grow a large following. With time, work and determination this English artist gained more and more recognition for his work. With more material going out, more gigs and interest came in. This made Plane Aggy’s name become familiar to the Bordelais. While making his mark in Bordeaux more opportunities arose. Plane Aggy throughout his musical career musical has had a clear evolution of style in his tracks. He has messed with darker songs with gloomy lyrics to his more representative oldskool, jazzy, upbeat tracks which incorporate his personal ideas, concepts and views. He is now currently experimenting for his next project with more trippy, dysfunctional characteristics. This trippy change will be found in his just released album ‘Distortion’ which made it’s appearance in October. This “mixed up”, “incoherent ” project was created strangely at his Grandma’s house one alcohol-fuelled evening and as he described “in a comfy chair”. This Tyler-the-Createrish music has been accompanied with a “clock work orange” themed video. So try to pick up this E.P for this strange concoction. I asked this rapper if he had to focus on altering anything technical to please his audience. As Plane Aggy raps in English to a French crowd the major problem arises of the language barrier. To ease these difficulties he pays attention to different aspects to engage the listener as much as possible. He involves the French public lyrically by imposing subtitles on a few of his videos which helps the foreign public to feel closer to the artist on a technical level. This M.C pays close attention to flow to give a greater sensation to the listener of the emotions he is trying to get through. The use of collaborations with singers who add melodies can create a similar effect by adding anther source of energy in the song. These create a unique way of rapping as an artist which permits Plane Aggy to live a singular experience. His opinion on being a U.K artist is as positive one even with the problems that he may come across. For him it is “fun, cool crowds with possibilities to develop from city to city”. So if you are ever in France try and catch him around Bordeaux or other cities. Plane Aggy since starting his trade has seen “an increase of interest from the French for the culture with it bringing in new heads”. With Paris’s interest in London’s underground Hip Hop scene, who knows where France’s Hip Hop will lead.
 

MC Pinty

U.K HipHop Artist

M.C Pinty is a young, fresh MC from South-East London. This wordsmith has created his own original style by incorporating garage / funk with his speedy vocals and sharp bars.

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Pinty’s music is largely influenced by life. He grew up around his brother who was also an emcee. Pinty’s childhood was guided through the London night scene of drum & bass, garage and grime nights. This lifestyle would transpire into this Peckham boys musical style and blend in with his ability as a wordsmith. This idea to incorporate refined dance music with his emceeing was always his thing. Even if it didn’t seem compatible M.C Pinty made it work and it is this quality that let’s us pinpoint unique originality in this young Londoner. Pinty’s name first appeared as an artist while featured with the likes of Rago Foot, Jada Sea, Djjdsports childhood friends from South-East London. These boys together create a style of their own without tilting towards stereotypical Hip Hop. Pinty & co merge soul / funk / jazz / garage infused tracks with smooth, chilled but nonetheless on point vocals.

His journey started at the age of 15 when his simple addiction for writing and music got turned up a notch while partaking on Sicknotes radio show aired on Reasonance 104.4 FM. Along with Jadasea, Rago Foot and friends, they would take over airwaves and find themselves in their element. While finding a source of entertainment in this, these late teenagers had the determination to put their heart and soul into creating segments of quality. These shows would soon bring them recognition and a variety of positive feedback off many different sources. During these sessions M.C Pinty would produce, interview, present, freestyle and share music that as he said “would mean something to someone out there listening”. This artist found himself drawn to radio and continues to use this platform “to do imperil”. Unlike other sources of media the radio has more freedom, is less controlled and the feeling that it has no limits is what lures him in. We can sense an incredible ease in the musician when presenting Sicknotes. With his enthusiasm and eager chat we can feel he’s in his zone. Listening to Sicknotes is the perfect opportunity if you want to hear the M.C side of Pinty. This is where you can really get a feel of this artist’s talent thrown between cyphers and spurring freestyles. As a listener to these shows, the musician, who is in his own environment with friends allows passion and skill permeate through the airwaves.

The musicians talent for spitting fast comes as no surprise. It is in his first E.P Midnight Moods which illustrates the upbeat effect. His voice can either create a paradoxical sound with his smooth instrumentals or can either complete the beat perfectly with his more upbeat garage tracks. Midnight Moods was released in March 2015, being his  first concrete project. Through songs M.C Pinty has been able to capture personality and style. From meeting this young emcee I saw that Midnight Moods could be seen as a reflection of his experiences and lifestyle, which makes listening to each track like getting a step closer to undercovering a part of Pinty. Along with the atmosphere created with the abstract beats, the artist contributes to smooth, airy sensations within his words.

It is the theme of colours and midnight that create a pattern of recurrence. The theme of this bewitching hour is a personal trait of this artist and can be found in most of his songs. Midnight is Pinty’s time, a time of inspiration, of living, of youth and contemplation. ‘E’s’ by the musician is the perfect song to discover this artist. Speedy vocals, poetical metaphors with a choppy flow accompanied with Maxwell Owin’s talent for smooth yet funky tracks. The producer is Pintys principal beatmaker, who creates chilled electronic sounds, often side-by-side with him during sets. Maxwell Owin and MC Pinty have been visiting Paris in the last year for events. The French have seemed to find themselves drawn to the U.K raw underground scene. This emcee and producer have performed for Grünt, a French independent radio show and other smaller events. M.C Pinty will be returning to France’s capital the 30th September, supporting Rejjie Snow’s shows. This South-East Londoner seems to have taken the French by storm which can only be seen as an insane leap in his career. If you can capture the French, you can capture anyone’s attention.

M.C Pinty has had an incredible successful year since his release of Midnight Moods. He is constantly busy at the moment between writing, projects, promoting himself, radio shows and events. There are many ways for catching this emcee these days. He has recently been featured on Channel 4’s for Four To the Floor, a music show showcasing new, emerging artists were you can find Pinty at one of his underground events in South London. A new video has been mentioned to be on its way in the near future as well as a new E.P being worked on. With all this new material to watch out for M.C Pinty is making his name slowly but surely. If supporting two London shows for RATKING this month was not enough get ready for his future events with Rejjie Snow. You can also almost be sure to catch him with his gritty London shows which are certainly not to be missed.

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St. Jude 

Hip Hop article, U.K HipHop Artist

St. Jude is an emcee from Sussex, England. Since 2012, Carl Jackson has been on a quest to establish himself as a rapper in the U.K Hip Hop scene. This all started from a young age when writing poetry in his youth. At the age of 14, he started unearthing U.K Hip Hop with the likes of Skinnyman and Klashnekoff. This would later inspire him to start writing at the age of 18. At the beginning, St. Jude kept his writing very discrete. It was only in 2014 that this emcee decided to take things to the next level and go under the name of Saint Jude. Although immersing himself in Hip Hop he had already been active in multiple music scenes. During his time living in Brighton he was a vocalist in a band They Live which was an infusion of metal and Hip Hop. They released one E.P together called ‘Civil Disobedience’. Despite it being a learning curve, he did not deny the fact of it being fun but he went on to tell me ‘Our future didn’t progress as expected so I chose to focus on establishing myself as an M.C’.

The choice of the name St. Jude is a personal rendition. The Saint being a reflection for ordinary people who use their faith over the impossible odds of everyday life. This fresh E.P  Desperate Times and Lost Causes is a metaphor with Saint Jude. This symbolism can be seen as a preview of the E.P in itself.  This first project has turned into a personal journey for this artist. It incorporates Carl’s trials and tribulations of the last 5 years during a time of transition, sharing his experiences with his listeners. These everyday struggles range from the happy, more hopeful times to the angry, more sombre feelings. Experiences such as being broke, end of relationships, enlighten us into Carl’s views of life, using a poetical, deep medium. This is an E.P to not be listened to lightly. St. Judes bars are worth being given reflection, contemplation and meditation on the profoundness of this very exciting and fresh-as-a-daisy set of beats. The whole E.P incorporates the work of two producers. St. Jude contacted Think and Profound online after finding their work on fellow rappers instrumentals. This emcee released his set of songs for 4D Presents. 4D Presents is a record label that started as a university society for underground, urban Hip Hop and world music, founded by Sixth Sense and Ctek. 4D Presents is Cultured Sounds sister label, an up-and-coming name who is doing more and more events, discovering hidden gems (with the likes of Oracy). So look out for many future releases from this label as not to miss out.                                                                                                                                              
St. Jude, even after releasing his E.P the 26th of June he has been putting in an insane amount of hard work to make ‘Desperate Times and Lost Causes’ get the awareness it deserves. This drive has already produced ideas for a second E.P with a few potential tracks to use already. This new project however will vary from his most recent. He is hoping to create a more varied and conceptual piece of work.  He intends to include more collaborations ‘to mix it up’. This includes a foreseeable track with dub-fiend Fedzilla who has already produced work and performed with St. Jude.

Rising in London
Carl chose to establish himself as St. Jude once settled in London. After experiencing the Hip Hop scene as an artist in Brighton he was able to tell me the benefits of being an emergine musician in London as there is ‘a bigger scene and it’s more welcoming to newbies’. In the captial he has been able to meet many fellow artists, perform at more events  or even just the larger amount of open MIC nights. I went on to ask him his opinion about U.K Hip Hop at the moment. He exclaimed ‘It is presently blossoming and that the amount of ‘big names’ in the game are constantly increasing. All over the U.K, towns are creating their own popular, successful scenes, for example Manchester or Bristol; Boom Bap Festival encapsulates this blossoming’.

Since the release of ‘Desperate Times and Lost Causes’ this rapper has been focusing on it’s promotion. It has been featured on Itch FM, an original Pirate radio station dedicated to Hip Hop. For self promotion St. Jude has been in contact with many other artists for feedback and support. This motivation that he seems embody made me ask where he hoped to see himself in the future in the U.K Hip Hop scene. He replied quite modestly that he would feel appeased once his music was recognised and that he was established in people’s heads rather than commercially; but for the moment it was the writing that kept his satisfaction and determination for establishing himself. To carry on this route of personal success St. Jude has been getting out in the open. He has already played at two main venues in London: Hootananny and the Fox and Furkin.
         St Jude watching Fedzilla perform at the Fox & Furkin


To not miss out on his incredible brainstormed bars make sure you catch him either in Brighton, Crawley or London at Silver Bullet the 3rd of September. If for some absurd reason you can’t catch him be sure to download his free E.P: http://4dpresents.com/product/st-jude-desperate-times-and-lost-causes/

Art Daley 

U.K HipHop Artist

Since the early 2000’s Art Daley has been forging his way through the Hip-Hop scene. I was invited to his studio in Brixton, London to be able to get a better view of his background, work and views on the Hip-Hop lifestyle that he seems to have absorbed. Having lived in South London all of his life he has been able to make his mark. This is not only remarked by his striking serene attitude, but also his determination that does not go unnoticed. When you see him copping his E.P’s often with fellow Crook Street artists in front of the tube station you can feel his incredible enthusiasm. 

  
In his small, incense-filled studio he took me back to his youth were it all started. As an African growing up in Streatham, London during a complicated era, his influences were mostly solely from the Afro-Amercian culture. In his block he grew up to the 90’s American Hip-Hop of the west coast with the likes of 2Pac, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest. 
It was in 2007 that Art Daley (a.k.a Sugar Diesel at the time) decided to spend some time in the States. That is where he received a large interest from producers and rappers which led to him making a few collaborations. Art Daley was situated in Harlem, where he began to experience what he called “the real Hip-Hop lifestyle”, soaking up as much of the culture as he could. 

During this period “Sugar Diesel” made many songs with the producer Death Ro. I was lucky enough to meet him and was able to get a clearer image of Daley’s earlier work which I was not familiar with. It was in 2008 when Death Ro first heard Daley rapping over the Wu Tang Clan whilst giving it a “U.K vibe”. That is when Death Ro decided to send his first track he had produced using friend’s equipment to Art Daley. Death Ro used the old sampling technique which was used during the golden age of Hip-Hop. His 70’s soul samples were rapidly incorporated with Art Daley’s voice and this formed the beginning of their friendship. Death Ro then became as he put it: “The producer who creates the canvas for the artist”.

Then Sugar Diesel went under the name of Art Daley, and in 2010 he formed the label Crook Street with artist Sky-I. This label was created as  these independent MC’s were living the same difficulties that U.K Hip-Hop was going through, so they linked up to form a movement. This movement was driven by their Hip-Hop lifestyle and mixed with their get-up-and-go mentality to be heard and seen. Since then he has produced many E.P’s and an enormous amount of unreleased material. Art Daley’s music can vary from E.P to E.P.       In 2013 Daley collaborated with the mighty MF DOOM. A friend of his had passed DOOM Daley’s E.P for a listen. After truly appreciating his work he offered Daley a few beats to sample and they began to collaborate. We can see this with the song ‘Propaganda’ were DOOM is seen to appear in the video.

I asked Daley what he found important in an artist. He explained very wisely how innovation was key and how to be noticed for the right thing: the music. Consistency is also another key point. To keep putting out material as people outgrow music with time as the music also evolves. Keeping the ambition of what you love and implant that love into ones work is crucial for succeeding and we can find this ambition in Art Daley. This hunger which we can feel has left him with a natural feeling of fulfilment. So look out for his “sneaker rap, sex rap, weed rap”. You may recognise his work with his distinguished saying “Oh yeah, Oh lord” with pimped out lyrics which are in search to an approach to life.