GIG – Stomzy at Portsmouth Guildhall – Saturday 12th March 2016

stormzyMichael Omari (born 26 July 1993), better known by his stage name Stormzy, is an English rapper and MC. He won Best Grime Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s influential Sound of 2015 list.

After garnering attention on the UK underground music scene via his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats, Stormzy released his debut EP Dreamers Diseaseindependently in July 2014. On 22 October, Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the MOBO awards. Later that month he became the first unsigned rapper to appear on Later with Jools Hollandperforming the song “Not That Deep” from Dreamers Disease.

In November 2014, Stormzy collaborated with rapper Chip and Shalo on the track “I’m Fine”, also appearing in a video for the song. The track is part of Chip’s upcoming Believe & Achieveproject.

On 7 January 2015, Stormzy came number 3 in the BBC Introducing top 5 on Radio 1. In March 2015 he released the single “Know Me From”, which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 49. In September 2015, he released a final instalment to his “WickedSkengMan” freestyle series, “WickedSkengMan 4”, onto iTunes, along with a studio version of his “Shut Up” freestyle over XTC’sFunctions On The Low instrumental. The track debuted at number 18 on the UK chart dated 24 September, becoming Stormzy’s first top 40 hit and the first ever freestyle to reach the top 40 in the United Kingdom.

On 12 December 2015, Stormzy performed “Shut Up” during British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua’s ring-walk for his fight versus Dillian Whyte. Originally, “Shut Up”, released as part of the “WickedSkengMan 4” single EP in September 2015, charted at number 59. Since the performance, it began climbing up the iTunes chart and into the top 40. As a result, Stormzy launched a Christmas number 1 campaign to get the song to number 1. It generated a large amount of support which made it enter the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart on 18 December 2015 at number 8, a week prior to the Christmas number 1 week, succeeding the chart position of “WickedSkengMan 4”. It has become Stormzy’s highest-charting single.

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PLAYLIST – Fancy by Iggy Azalea

iggy azaleaAmethyst Amelia Kelly (born 7 June 1990), better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea (/əˈzljə/), is an Australian recording artist and model fromMullumbimby, New South Wales.
She relocated to the United States at the age of 16, first staying in Miami, Florida, and then other parts of the South, including Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

She first gained recognition after the respective music videos for her controversial songs “Pussy” and “Two Times”, went viral on YouTube. On 27 September 2011, Azalea released her first full-length project, a mixtape entitled Ignorant Art, saying she made it “with the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals”. In 2012, she announced her signing to Mercury Records and the following year to Island Def Jam. Azalea went into professional modeling, when she became represented by Wilhelmina Models, in the spring of 2012; later that year she was announced the “New Face of Levi Jeans”.

In 2012, Azalea became the first female and non-American rapper to be featured on XXL magazine’s annual Top 10 Freshman” cover issue. On 30 July 2012, she released Glory, her debut extended play (EP), which was executive produced by American rapper and Grand Hustle label-boss T.I.. The EP was composed of songs originally meant to appear on Azalea’s long-awaited and often-delayed debut album. On 11 October 2012, she released her second mixtape TrapGold, which was produced entirely by high-profile producer Diplo, as well as 1st Down of production team FKi. The mixtape is significant for foreshadowing Azalea’s new approach to music and her later work, which heavily includes electronic elements.

Azalea’s debut studio album The New Classic is set to be released on April 22, 2014. Initially set to be released with Grand Hustle and Interscope Records, after label conflicts, in 2013 Azalea finally secured a deal with Mercury Records and later Island Def Jam, to release her debut album. The album was preceded by the lead single and Azalea’s commercial debut single “Work”, which successfully charted on several international music charts and peaked at No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The other three singles released in promotion for the album were “Bounce”, “Change Your Life” and “Fancy”, with the latter two featuring guest appearances from T.I. and Charli XCX, respectively.

GIG – Akala at The Cellars – Thursday 28th November 2013

akalaAkala (born Kingslee James Daley, 1 December 1983) is an English rapper, poet, and journalist. Originally from Kentish Town, Camden, London, his older sister is rapper/vocalist Ms. Dynamite. In 2006, he was voted the Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards.Daley chose the stagename

Akala because it is a Buddhist term for “Immovable”,and started releasing music in 2003 from his own independent music label Illa State Records. He released his first mixtape, entitled The War Mixtape, in 2004. In 2006 he released his first album – It’s Not a Rumour. This proved to be his breakthrough album, containing the single “Shakespeare” – a reference to his self-proclaimed title “The Black Shakespeare” – which made the BBC Radio 1 playlist.

His work was recognised with the MOBO Award for Best Hip Hop Act. Additionally in 2006, a mixtape entitled A Little Darker was released under the name “Illa State”, featuring Akala and his sister Ms. Dynamite, as well as cameo appearances by many other artists. Akala appeared for a live session on BBC Radio 1Xtra where he was challenged to come up with a rap containing as many Shakespeare play titles as he could manage. Akala wrote and performed a minute-long rap containing 27 different Shakespeare play titles in under half an hour. He later recorded these lyrics in the studio and turned it into the single “Comedy Tragedy History”. In 2007 Akala followed up his breakthrough album with his Freedom Lasso album, containing the “Comedy Tragedy History” track. 2008 saw The War Mixtape Vol. 2 released along with an EP of acoustic remixes.

Akala’s third album “Doublethink” was released in 2010, and holds a strong theme of George Orwell’s popular novel 1984. Doublethink contained tracks such as “Find No Enemy” and “Yours And My Children” detailing some of the sights he saw on his trip to Brazil. In November 2010, Akala headlined a live performance at the British Library, to launch the Evolving English exhibition and featured performances by the British poet Zena Edwards, comedian Doc Brown and British rapper/activist Lowkey. The live event also included Akala taking part in a hip-hop panel discussion alongside Saul Williams, U.S professor MK Asante and Lowkey. Akala appeared on Charlie Sloth’s show on Radio 1Xtra on 18 July 2011, performing a “Fire in the Booth”, and after the great reception it received (over 1,500,000 hits on YouTube), he returned again in May 2012 and provided “Part 2”.In May 2012 Akala released a two-part mixtape, Knowledge Is Power, containing his first “Fire in the Booth”, and followed that up with a promotional tour in the autumn of 2012. In March 2013 Akala announced via his social media feeds that his fourth album The Thieves Banquet will be released in May 2013, pushing back the future EP The Ruin of Empires to later in 2013.

Akala’s fourth album, The Thieves Banquet, was released on 27 May 2013, including the songs “Malcolm Said It”, “Maangamizi” and “Lose Myself” (feat. Josh Osho).

 

 

 

GIG – Too Many T’s at The Joiners – Thursday 14th November 2013

too many tsLeon Rhymes and Ross Standaloft met a few years ago whilst at a house party at University. After many late nights of hilarious booze fuelled writing sessions, the collaborations between the pair continued to flow and Too Many T’s was born.
The South London based rappers have not stopped writing, recording, filming or performing, since.

Too Many T’s have crafted a faithful following with their Golden Era Hip Hop formula; positive vibes, trademark back to back, rapid fire flows and turbo-charged performances. With over 150 shows in the last 18-months, The Dynamic Duo of Rap have seen their party vibes and humour take them from back-alley obscurity to the prime-time radar, right across the nation. They have played in front of tens-upon thousands of people. In the summer of 2013 alone, The T’s graced stage sat Beat Herder, Secret Garden Party, Boom Town, Shambala, V South, Late Nights (Switzerland) as well as 10 other festivals. They also performed at both Bestival and Camp Bestival, as well as hosting the main stages.

Championed by music industry figures such as John Kennedy and Rob Da Bank and now considered to be one of the UK’s freshest live Hip Hop acts, Too Many T’s have turned heads and pricked ears with both music fans and press alike.
The Huffington Post was quoted as saying that the guys are ‘The UK’s answer to the Beastie Boys’; quite an accolade, but an accolade that the T’s are living up to.

With the self-recorded mixtape ‘Earl Necks and Round Grey’ and their debut studio EP ‘The T.P’, already under their belts, Too Many T’s will be releasing the 4-track EP ‘Beats We Wish We Had’ in November to accompany their biggest UK Tour to date.

It is a very good time to be part of the T party.

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GIG – Rizzle Kicks at The Wedgewood Rooms – Sun 11th March 2012

Rizzle Kicks are a British hip hop duo from Brighton, consisting of Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens (born 25 January 1992), and Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule (born 23 November 1991). Their debut album, Stereo Typical, was released on 31 October 2011.

Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule were born in North London and were family friends from the age of 4. They lost contact over the years and both moved to Brighton independently of each other. Through a series of coincidences the pair were reunited at the age of 11 when they faced each other head-on in a Sunday league football match. They ended up going to the same college, the Brit School where Jordan studied Media and Harley studied Theatre. Jordan was in the process of making his mixtape “Minor Breaches of Discipline” where he rapped over samples of some of their favourite artists (Gorillaz, Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys etc) and asked Harley to sing over some of the tracks. They realised how nicely their styles fitted together and formed Rizzle Kicks in 2008.

Their debut album Stereo Typical was released a week later on 31 October 2011 peaking at #9 and was certified Gold in December 2011. Their third single Mama Do the Hump (produced by Norman Cook) was released on 16th December peaking at #5. The lo-fi video features a cameo from James Corden.

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