Nicki Knightz Unveils Video For Single, ‘1964 Howlett Drive’

Lifted from her most recent EP ‘For The Uninformed’, rapper NICKI KNIGHTZ‘s visuals for 1964 (Howlett Drive) tells the tale of Nicki’s mother, a woman from Norwich who, after falling pregnant, found herself living in deepest Hackney.

The Saul Ali-directed video juxtaposes scenes of Nicki recording the track, and having to recall them visiting Norwich, with its canals and parks, a simpler life where survival is not so hard to maintain. She then smacks back to the grim reality of how her mother lost her financial independence and became despondent on the block.

Check it out below…

Lyric Jones ‘Rock On’ In Brand New Video

Rapper/singer, multi-hyphenate LYRIC JONES starts the year with a massive BANG with the John Benneche-directed music video for ‘Rock On’. The hard-hitting, Nottz-produced song is from Jones’s latest album ‘Closer Than They Appear’, which was released to critical acclaim in October of last year and made some notable year-end lists.

With about a decade-long career already under her belt, Lyric came onto the scene with debut album, ‘Jones St’, which features collaborations with the late Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest) and Esperanza Spalding.

Lyric has also collaborated and toured with her mentor Rah Digga, and shared stages with Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Robert Glasper and Avery Sunshine.

Check out Lyric’s slamming visuals for ‘Rock On’ below…

Song of the Day: Destiny – Aina More

South London artist and producer AINA MORE could easily be described as one of UK rap’s best kept secrets, or perhaps one of the UK’s best new and emerging rap artists.

Having already been championed by tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1, The FADER, MTV and BBC 1Xtra, among others, and with The BRIT Awards featuring her on their BRITs compilation album a few years ago, the British Nigerian native should firmly be on your radar. On the off chance that she isn’t, Aina More is back in the frame to make sure of it!

She closes out 2020 with a fiery new track titled ‘Destiny’ and an equally fierce music video to go with it. Co-produced by Aina More herself and long-time collaborator Musiek Mambu, the track opens with an attention-grabbing sample of the Seun Kuti afrobeat classic ‘Bad Man Lighter’, before Aina More gets in her bag for two minutes straight, as she waxes lyrical in braggadocios fashion, about everything from her superior rap skills to decrying false prophets to the excellence of black women, while giving listeners an update on what she’s been up to this year.

Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Destiny’, Aina More says, “With what I’ve been creating lately, there’s so much that I’m going to give of myself musically in the coming year, I have this unquenchable hunger to express myself freely, and ‘Destiny’ is the first part of that. Lyrically, I needed to remind everyone of just who Aina More is, and overall, I feel it represents my identity well, even down to the Oye 2.0-directed visuals – I’m very authentically Yoruba, but I’m also that girl that grew up in London, and sometimes I let my ego just do its own thing”.

With a fusion sound that can be described as a cross between Kendrick Lamar, Skepta and Fela Kuti, and a performance prowess that has seen her touring with Professor Green and opening for her idol Lauryn Hill, Aina More is typified by her unapologetic lyricism and cutting edge sonics, as highlighted as far back as her 2016 EP ‘For People With Short Attention Spans’ as well as subsequent tracks like ‘Girls Killing It’, ‘Afrikan Lady’ and ‘Healer’ that led to rave reviews and support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, The FADER, MTV and The BRIT Awards.

Check it out below…

Song of the Day: No Speaking – Juice Menace

Continuing to make serious waves whilst only a few singles deep, Cardiff-hailing rapper JUICE MENACE unveils her latest track ‘No Speaking’.

With a self-assured and assertive 2020 so far that’s seen an impressive run of singles, the young rapper ups the ante once again on this up-tempo, quintessentially drill production. Complete with all the bass, bounce and flex, Juice shows off her rap dexterity, delivering sharp lyricism, mean flow and an unwavering aggressiveness as she is boastful about being about her business.

Involved in multiple aspects of her craft, Juice developed the treatment of the video herself and ‘No Speaking’ positions her not only as a talented creative but also a leader of an artist with the confidence and demeanour to reach the upper echelons.

Check out the official video for Juice’s ‘No Speaking’ below…

Tik-Tok Sensation Millie B Releases Viral Track ‘M To The B’ Via B1 Recordings/Sony Music

Top 10 Shazam hit and Tik Tok’s latest viral smash, ‘M to the B’ by MILLIE B, is making its official release via B1 Recordings/Sony Music.

With over 5.4 MILLION TikTok creations to its name, including the Bells Porch version becoming the most watched Tik Tok video ever and fast rising up the viral TikTok charts, ‘M to the B’ first came to light as a general user upload on the platform and quickly became one of the most popular vocal takes of Bordum Beats Shazam hit ’Skank’.

The catchy vocal smash has since blown up over recent weeks to become the latest track sensation, and one of the most hyped tracks across the platform, hitting the radars as one of the ‘most added’ tracks for Tik Tok users. Flocking in their millions to the record, rappers and
dancers have been creating their own videos, which has seen exclusive raps, dances and performances videos appear to accompany the stonking Bassline beat.

Millie B’s ‘M to the B’, has now taken on a life of its own, streaming over 4millions times in 10 days, hitting the number #1 spot on the Spotify UK Viral Chart, #5 on the Global Spotify Viral Chart, charting in nearly 30 counties on the Global Shazam chart and hitting the Top 10, the smash record is continuing its evolution in to one of the most talked about releases in modern day music.

Both ‘Skank’ & ‘M to the B’ are released via B1 Recordings/Sony Music with a further remix package also set to touch down imminently. Check out the official video for Millie B’s ‘M to the B’ below…