EP Review: For The Uninformed – Nicki Knightz

I’ve always known NICKI KNIGHTZ to be that rapper who fiercely take on the boldest of the boldest arrangements with her no nonsense flow, but her latest EP, ‘For The Uninformed’, has caught me off guard. With the exception of the drum bass heavy/Congolese guitar sample, ‘Blacker the Berry,’ which pays homage to her father’s work ethic, the EP shows a soft and perhaps a more vulnerable side to the Hackney native.

The three-track set sees Nicki focusing on the neglected identity issues of being biracial, eliminating any glamorized images of being a light skinned person. In second effort, ‘India Arie’, Nicki gives a vivid account of the problems her parents faced when contending with her hair, over a warped soulful/jazz instrumentation. An old-school soulful drive makes its presence known and runs sombrely throughout concluding track, ‘1964 Howlett Drive’, serving as the perfect backdrop for Nicki’s uncharacteristically emotive delivery, which gives an insight of her experiencing her mother’s culture and its heartbreakingly stark contrast to their life in the innercity area.

A complete 180 to her sonically boisterous 2018 debut EP ‘Hate’, ‘For The Uninformed’ takes on a more minimalist theme, allowing the uninformed to really soak up and resonate with the experience of her childhood.

Have a listen to ‘For The Uninformed’ below…

Must Listen: India Arie

SPRTYK Reveals Visuals For Critically-Acclaimed Single, ‘Bad Temper’

When SPRTYK (pronounced Sporty K) pitched her latest single ‘Bad Temper’ for Spotify playlist consideration, it was selected for three editorial playlists (Spilled Ink, Mellow Bars, Alternative Hip Hop) and two algorithmic playlists including the coveted Discover Weekly. Those editorial and algorithmic playlists have driven the track to nearly a quarter million streams.

The accompanied visual – shot in her native Bronx – follows the emotional highs and lows of a top female draft pick / artist-in-bloom determined to win against all odds as she fights to escape the all too familiar “angry black female” stereotype, giving the two-finger gesture to the oversimplified characterisations of being hostile and overly aggressive.

Besides establishing herself as a formidable rapper, SPRTYK is also the CEO of STAR CLUB ENTERTAINMENT where she works as the creative director and stylist for other acts in New York’s eclectic scene including A$AP Ferg and Privilege New York.

‘Bad Temper’ forms part of her upcoming ‘Because I Feel Like It’ project, SPRTYK is set to continue being one of 2020’s favourite new music discoveries.

Check out the video for ‘Bad Temper’, directed by J. Chance + SPRTYK

EP Review: Mythologies – Lex Leosis

From a personal standpoint, LEX LEOSIS is a prime model of a female rapper: a very bold contender, who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. These qualities are evident in her brand new EP, ‘Mythologies’

The set covers array of topics – from standing up to domestic violence to dealing with ‘situationships’ and busy bodies head on.

Although ‘Mythologies’ predominantly showcase a menacing drive of trip-hop, there are nice touches of retro/80s soul funk (featured in second effort, ‘Ouzo’) and laid-back afterhours (as featured in Gemini), where the Canadian rapper tells her tale of certain aspects of her life.

You may have come across various music blogs and magazines, pushing you to add a punch of newcomers under your radar…and among those talents should be Lex Leosis, as her flow rips through the bars of each track with raw passion and conviction. Check her out below…

Must Listens: Ouzo, Gemini, Atropos.

Nicki Knightz Gives An Insight Into Her Nigerian Heritage With ‘Blacker The Berry’ Video

Following on the release of her debut Hate EP in late 2018, Hackney rapper NICKI KNIGHTZ  – who’s part of seminal duo,The Knighthood Society with producer/rapper Henny Knightz – returns with video for track, ‘Blacker the Berry’, the first release from her forthcoming EP, ‘For the Uninformed’.

The latest release pays an unconvoluted tribute to her Nigerian father and his strong work ethic. The video plays on the typical African Uncle, unrestrained and at ease, but eternally the master of his own affairs. Fiercely independent and possessing deep contempt for the police, Uncle is played by none other than Top Boy’s actor and fellow Hacktonian, Alessandro Babalola.

Expect more music on the way from this boisterous spitter…for now click play on the video below…

Album Review: Almanac – Neru Thee Fourth Fugee

NERU THEE FOURTH FUGEE‘s highly anticipated album, ‘The Almanac’ comes from the back of the Baltimore emcee spending the past four years on the road, opening and performing alongside the likes of The Roots, IDK and Princess Nokia, and projects ‘The Reincarnation’ and ‘Enlightenment Era’ from 2014, both met with critical acclaim.

Produced by the Neru along with her Hippy Trippy Collective, rap rising star Deetranada, Ill Camille and Baltimore newcomer DopeSol –  all who make appearances on the project – ‘The Almanac’ firmly challenges the prospective listener’s musical taste with its transcendental harmonies and trance-like kaleidoscopic melodies, which merges elements of hip hop, neo-soul, funk, ambient and psychedelic music.

‘The Almanac’ is definitely one of those albums you can kick back and relax to after a long day of hard hustle. So when you have the chance sit back, relax and broaden your musical horizons with this set…

Must Listens: 30 Billion (Doesn’t Matter); xRed xWhite xBlue (RWB), C-Spine