Song of the Day: Wild Wild West – Tobi Sunmola

Tipped as Mobo’s ‘One to Watch’ TOBI SUNMOLA returns to centre stage with the second release ‘Wild Wild East’, from his forthcoming EP.

The self-produced single showcases this newcomer’s versatility and ability to combine clever wordplay and infectious flows, with politically driven lyricism. At times the track is reminiscent of the Joey Bada$$ album ‘All Amerikkkan Bada$$’ with the young MC drawing inspiration from his African roots and struggles that he has continued to wrestle with during life in East Manchester.

A play, on the widely known phrase – ‘Wild Wild West’ – Tobi states that, “I used this reference to explain the big bad world I have to deal with, the negativity, deceit, envy and hardship, and how I try to keep my energy high through it all, in the hope of making it back home.”

Growing up in Nigeria, Tobi recalls that “becoming an artiste wasn’t a visible reality. I made music because I really wanted to”. His determination to succeed as a musician against the odds saw Sunmola saving up lunch money daily to skip school and head to the studio with his rap crew Dope Kommunity. Moving to Manchester aged 16 the young poet instantly immersed himself in the grime and UK hip hop scene, and his dedication has seen him achieve great things at the early stages of his career. Alongside winning Adidas’ ‘Take the Stage’ competition, he performed Radio 1 Big Weekend Exeter and has been acclaimed by the likes of Complex, The Line Of Best Fit, Afropunk, DJ Booth and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Progressive and perceptive, ‘Wild Wild East’ is a further testament to TOBI SUNMOLA’s out-of-the-box approach as he continues to establish himself as one of the most exciting talents coming out of Manchester’s burgeoning underground music scene.

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Song of the Day: Simba – Tobi Sunmola

Following the gripping visuals to ‘Never Forget We’re Here/Tales From The East IV’, TOBI SUNMOLA returns with ‘Simba’ – the debut release taken off his forthcoming EP.

‘Simba’ is a gritty and emotional testimony of both heartache and promise providing a compelling insight into the ethnological struggles of being an artist in today’s industry.

Tobi explains: “It talks about who I am as a person, the colour of my skin and how that may either hinder my growth to where I aspire to be.” Throughout the racial upheavals experienced, Nigerian-born Sunmola remains positive and resiliently confides in his unshakeable pursuit of greatness as he sings “through the pain, in the rain, in the night, any day…I’ll preach”. The instrumentation compliments this sentiment where melancholy chords are backboned by a bouncy hip hop beat that underlines his infectious flow and hook patterns. Authentic and unfiltered ‘Simba’ is an intriguing take on modern hip-hop that draws upon the influence of TOBI SUNMOLA’s rich African heritage.

The Manchester-based artist has achieved an admirable amount, since his humble beginnings in the studio of his local youth club. Co-producing ‘Simba’ with local rapper Two4Kay – who has previously featured on Link UP TV and The 405 – this new release is the product of a long-standing relationship that blossomed within the tight-knit Manchester music scene which forged early on in their careers. Named as Mobo’s ‘One to Watch’, this emerging talent has since been championed by Huw Stephens, DJ Booth and Mistajam whilst Complex, Afropunk and Flavour Magazine have been writing about his ‘stunning versatility’ online.

Combined with an array of adept live performances, including BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter last year – the wondrously creative, ‘Simba’ is a perceptive and accomplished piece of work, that will cement Sunmola’s place as one of the UK’s most exciting, rising hip hop artists this year.

New Music Video: For The Crime – Fusion

Catapulting into the scene with his incredible debut on the Lord Of The Mics 10th Anniversary compilation and following up with a succession of heavy hitting grime including ‘No’, ‘Rudeboy’, the ode to his neighbourhood, ‘Newham’ and self-produced ’24 Hours Riddim’, which garnered acclaim from iD, Complex & Mixmag, FUSION kicked off 2017 deservedly being named as one of Complex Magazine’s ‘Ones To Watch’ via their ‘13 British Emcees Destined For A Big 2017’

About to prove exactly why he was chosen for the list and pitched for success alongside the likes of Stefflon Don and Mist, FUSION releases ‘For The Crime’, which paves the way for the grit-laden E.P ‘Ready’, made up of 5 tracks packed with lyric laced dirt. Surpassing an impressive level of energy, FUSION opens up his arsenal, spitting over the instrumental, which is a stark reminder of what makes up grime’s sonic backbone. Entwining his slick yet punchy flow that hammers through the screeching, bouncy instrumental, this grime star marks himself out as one of the new generation worth a reload.

Check out the video…

New Track: Big Big Trouble – Torii Wolf

After premiering ‘Flow Riiot’s’ anthemic lead-single, ‘Free,’ featuring Macklemore and DJ Premier with Complex a few weeks ago, TORII WOLF now deliver ‘Big Big Trouble’.

The latest release sees the promising upcomer sprinkle some of her hypnotically raspy vocals over a fusion of old school hip-hop beats with a dramatic drive.

TORII WOLF’s debut solo-debut, ‘Flow Riiot’, will be released on 29th September via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint.

Have a listen to ‘Big Big Trouble.’

New Release: Free – Torii Wolf (ft. Macklemore & DJ Premier )


TORII WOLF has emerged onto the music scene as if she was shot out of a cannon. The singer/songwriter from Wantagh, New York who traded coasts-bouncing around West Coast cities and in doing so enhanced herself artistically; shunning categories, genres, confinement and convention.

Thanks to her sultry voice, range and musicality, Torii has enjoyed a precipitous rise. With an iconic producer who has a habit of producing and contributing to classic projects manning the boards, TORII WOLF & DJ Premier’s forthcoming collaborative union bum-rushes the walls of genres, age and expectations to let the world know a Flow Riiot is upon us.

Flow Riiot’s anthemic lead-single ‘Free’ tackles the battle we face every day to be our authentic selves and a reminder that our freedom comes from within and how we hold the key to how “Free” we really are. “Free” features Macklemore, who makes the lone guest appearance on Flow Riiot and the single was exclusively premiered by Complex.

The tracks topic matter holds very special meaning to Torii, as she expressed to Complex. ‘Free’ is a special tune. It’s very relatable. True freedom comes from within; it’s the battle we face each day with our own identity. Having the confidence to be comfortable in our skin and with who we are; and being our true authentic selves.”

TORII WOLF’s debut solo-album, ‘Flow Riiot’, will be released on 29th September via DJ Premier’s TTT (To The Top) imprint. For now, listen to the first installment of the upcoming album, ‘Free’.

Song of the Day: Hero – Emil (ft. P Money)

Delivering an introspective insight into the male and female perspective of a relationship, EMIL  smashes into the Summer  with new single ‘Hero’, featuring P Money.

Describing her debut, as ‘being in the real world chasing a fairytale’ EMIL’s effortless vocals glide beside the trap- influenced beat as she tells the story of looking for a ‘Hero’, while P Money’s rapid verse portrays the male acumen of the situation.

Having built a name for herself among her peers and friends in the UK hip-hop scene over recent years, EMIL has been relentlessly grinding and has worked alongside some of the finest UK producers including The Heavytrackerz (credits including Stormzy, Skepta, Katy B) and The Forbes who produced ‘Hero’. After getting her first taste of the music industry back in 2015, alongside Joe Weller on the top 30 single ‘Wanna Do’, she then went on to collaborate with friend and grime star P Money on his ‘Money Over Everyone’ mixtape.

The multi-talented singer songwriter and model from Hackney, has drawn much inspiration from 90’s R&B pioneers like Lauryn Hill and Sade, which is conveyed through her own music and ability to create compelling stories through her lyrics. ‘Hero’ has picked up support from many online platforms including The Wav From, Complex, Yahoo Music, UMA, Urban Boss, Pardon My Blog, Luna Mag, Som Magazine and Underground Industry.

With a stellar performance at The Great Escape festival and a plethora of support already under her belt, EMIL is brewing up a fairytale storm that is due to spread worldwide.

 

New Music Video: No More Letters – Cadet

Dropping movie-like visuals, CADET releases ‘No More Letters’ aka ‘Letter To Krept (Part 2)’ taken from the eagerly anticipated ‘The Commitment 2’ E.P, due for release on 21st July.

A hugely prominent track in the understanding of this lyricist’s journey, the impeccable timing of the release is even more poignant. Delving into the mechanisms of CADET and his positioning within the elite of Britain’s emcees, one of the most pivotal moments of his career thus far was with the release of his original ‘Letter To Krept’ in August 2016. Within the original record, CADET refers to Krept unexpectedly taking him to Wireless Festival. The moment is life changing for him as he is able to envisage that one-day, he too, could perform his own slot. Fast forward to July 2017 and CADET delivers ‘No More Letters’. The record is a statement and a nod to Krept, which feels like the perfect beginning of a new chapter for the rapper. Journeys have been completed, peace has been restored and ambitions have been fulfilled as taking it full circle, CADET is set to perform his own slot at Wireless on 8th July.

Having already released the first taste of ‘The Commitment 2’ via the release of ‘Instagram Girls’ featuring Konan, CADET continues to use his music in an astute way that is shrouded in deeper meanings and insightfulness, yet with a playful and accessible magnetism. His work has already been championed by, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra DJ’s, Semtex and Charlie Sloth, whilst tastemaker magazines such as Notion and Complex hold him in high regard, tipping him for continued success. Public co-signs from UK’s music kings including Wiley and Stormzy lead the excitement surrounding CADET and ‘The Commitment 2’.

New Music Video: Instagram Girls – Cadet


 
After teasing followers with a snippet of ‘Instagram Girls’ at the end of 2016, CADET opens the journey to his ‘The Commitment 2’ E.P release with the long-awaited single. Featuring Konan (Krept & Konan), the record speaks the bitter truth about social media in a poetic and insightful way, edged with charm, grace and a splash of playfulness as only CADET can do.

“We live in an era where the internet has become reality and reality has taken a backseat; where people have more to say in captions than actual conversations. I’m just saying don’t get the wrong type of attention mixed up with the right, know your worth, but real worth not that cheap fly by night worth. Also one thing aired my DM so I made a tune innit” – CADET.

The captivating lyricist rose to stardom through a selection of gripping freestyles that boasted honest and engaging concepts. CADET’s ability to capture passion, pain and power within his bars has made him relatable, genuine and accessible to a wide audience and resulted in him being aligned with the elite of Britain’s emcees within just eighteen months. He has been championed by BBC Radio 1/1Xtra DJ’s Semtex and Charlie Sloth, toured with Krept & Konan and is set to perform at Wireless Festival for the first time this year.

The next move by CADET has been a highly anticipated one for both his fans and peers. Having gained public support from artists including Wiley and Stormzy, and leaving a trail of noteworthy plaudits such as a freestyle review by Complex, which states: “CADET‘s new freestyle is better than some rappers’ whole mixtape”, the hunger for his new music contained within ‘The Commitment 2’ is prevalent.

New Track: Glow – Stash Peso

Straight from the rap breeding ground of North-West London’s Stonebridge estate, STASH PESO releases his new joint, ‘Glow’.

Differing from fellow rappers in content, subject and vision, Stash’s style is unorthodox and intelligent in production style and wordplay, exemplified in this latest track. He has impressive lyrical flow, which is instantly captivating, provoking attention to his lyrics and he is said to treat his music like a personal diary. His trademark singing and rapping style over harmonising production marks him out as one of the more intriguing, left-field rappers coming out of London right now.

Pricking the attention of avid rap fans, Stash’s latest releases have been premiered and featured across Complex, SBTV and Clash Magazine and have received fundamental support from the UK music gatekeepers, GRM and Link Up TV.

Part of the London collective TOORARETODIE – a creative team made up of rappers, singers, writers and designers, Stash and his compadres have cultivated a street trend in the caps he features in his videos – the rare snapbacks are so highly in demand across London that they’re constantly sold out.

A true creative talent in more ways than one, Stash’s lyrical sophistication sets the tone for an impressive artist making his move..so it’s over to you: it’s time to check out the visual for ‘Glow’.

New Music Video: Liars – Zeo x Eyez

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ZEO and EYEZ bring along a heavy collaborative track, fully representing the Midlands, with Zeo from Wolverhampton and Eyez from Derby.

The Asian influenced bouncy beat produced by Zeo allows ZEO and EYEZ to flow superbly with their dexterous lyrics about people who aren’t true to themselves. The video directed by Kyle Shox Brown enhances the Japanese style theme.

The pair have both been putting in work with Zeo previously working with some of Grime’s heavy hitters including established artist and producers such as JME (BBK), DJ Q (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Trilla, Bassboy and TRC, amassing national radio support and online coverage from gatekeepers such as SBTV, GRM Daily and RWD Magazine. Whilst this year EYEZ released his all star mixtape Mind The Gap with a Midlands Vs. London cypher on it from Eyez, Mez & Kamakaze Vs. AJ Tracey, Dave & Jammz which gained support from Fact Mag, Complex, RWD and more. He was the Derby captain of the Red Bull Grime-A-Side team who won the clash this year against 7 other cities from the UK.

ZEO and EYEZ prove that Midlands Grime is definitely on the map with their new track – go check it out!