Verb T & Pitch 92 – Good Evening

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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.









Pop Brixtons multiple sensation fundraiser with Loose Lips

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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.

St. Jude 

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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: