Hailing from Northampton via Luton, BXKS is a sonic breath of fresh air in the UK rap scene. Her astonishingly quickfire bars and a slick, sharp assurance alongside genre bending and experimental beats full of dreamy samples are all heard through her single, ‘Menace’ produced by P-rallel.
Speaking on ‘Menace’ BXKS says: “Menace is a story about me. It’s about me being aware of my abilities and doing what needs to be done to accomplish my set goal – “please don’t play me”. It’s also a rhetorical question to the listeners :). The artwork (by cocoa juice) is based on “neon genesis” the anime.”
‘Menace’ forms part of BXKS’ debut mixtape ‘Full Time Daydreamer’ released on Friday, 11th June via Marathon Artists. Including previous singles ‘Packed In’ and ‘Work Like ft. KISH!’ which were widely supported by i-D, Target, Mary Anne Hobbs, Jamz Supernova and Rinse FM (playlisted twice), ‘Full Time Daydreamer’ is an eclectic eight-track “playful playlist” crafted mainly with producers TK and P-rallel, lyrically covering everything from rap brags to being broke, all with a bouncy, deft ease to her delivery, mirroring the fun escapist world BXKS wants the tape to represent.
Here’s your first taste to the mixtape; have a listen to ‘Menace’.
A true artist in her own lane, South London rapper on-the-rise QUEENIE, slams down one slick delivery on her latest single, ‘One Thing’ once again showcases her lyrical prowess and effortless flow.
Queenie began making a name for herself on the grime scene during its grassroots stages, being known for a Female Allstars track, and her part in DVD’s like ‘Southern Hospitality’ and ‘Practice Hours’. Fellow female rapper Lioness also called on Queenie to join with five other powerful female rappers on the huge ‘DBT Remix’, that went on to gain wide spread support online and across radio. Following this, Queenie decided to give music a real chance and went on to release ‘Smoke’, ‘Laid Out’ and ‘Anymore’. Queenie featured on a track with Taliifah, entitled ‘Open Season’ and her biggest release to date ‘Letting up Now’ is still making the rounds. Right now, Queenie is focused on building her catalogue and finding her tribe of people.
On this project we see Queenie diversifying her sound and showcasing a more rhythmic style pattern, in comparison to the more grime-esque skippy flow we’ve become accustomed to hearing from her. ‘One Thing’ is a sign of great things to come from Queenie.
Look out for the her Forté EP dropping on the 21st May…but for now, wrap your ear around this….
A run of exceptional and critically acclaimed singles climaxes with the release of the debut album ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’ from TRUEMENDOUS. Marking the release with a fresh, new visual for one of the albums finest cuts, ‘Mood Ring’ is a skippy track that details unpredictability and emotional instability in a relationship. The track has been heavily supported by the likes of Shortee Blitz & MK, DJ Target and fellow Brum native Lady Leshurr, and it is the perfect dedication to mark the occasion.
As one of the UK’s most dynamic and exhilarating rappers, TrueMendous is incomparable. Her music is packed with statements, a point to prove and a refreshingly undiluted determination to deliver her music, her way. Executing a weighty 17 tracks in its entirety, the album is a complete representation of TrueMendous and without a doubt, her most accomplished body of work to date.
Releasing on the ground-breaking, Brighton based hip-hop label High Focus Records, the album features production from Dirty Dike, Illinformed, Chemo, Wundrop, Mark Fear and more as well as guest vocals from the legendary Masta Ace, Kofi Stone and Rozzz. A selection of tracks has floodlit the way to the album release, starting with the aptly named ‘Cause A Scene’ – a torrent of vigour, razor sharp flows and powerful lyricism that was received by thunderous applause. Sophomore release ‘Worst Child’, a conscious Hip-Hop number demonstrating an introspective side to the Birmingham rapper, followed soon after, premiering with Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1. Produced by Illinformed, the record was teamed with a visual that captured the heart of London Town, from the iconic venue Chip Shop in Brixton, to outside shots filmed in Camden, TrueMendous showcased the spirit of the city through the transcending backdrops of her enthralling music video.
Continuing to set the standard at stellar levels TrueMendous reached new heights with the double hit of intricately lyrical ‘You Don’t Wanna’, which teased the sleek and soulful ‘Y’ that was released in its entirety a week later.
Marking a prodigious milestone in her accelerating career, TrueMendous displays a new depth to her artistry with the ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’. Leaning on the connotations of the title, that also acts as homage to Lauryn Hills’ ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, the musicality demonstrates the many dimensions to TrueMendous as an artist, which allows her significance as one of the modern-day hip-hop figures to be appreciated in all of its glory.
Preserving a strong presence within the world of Hip Hop over the last seven years and hailed as ‘one to watch out for’ by Akil The MC from the legendary Hip Hop crew Jurassic 5, making her TV debut in the 2020 Christmas Pepsi Max and McVities adverts and landing singles on the Adidas ‘COLD.RDY’ campaign, as well as the FIFA 21 Soundtrack, the career of TrueMendous had already been pinpointed for an exciting year. Shattering the confines of genres, incorporating Hip Hop with Neo-soul, Jazz and Pop, the new 17-track opus delivers on every expectation and more.
With the release adding to an expansive portfolio that spans six independent projects and an EP with High Focus Records, her work rate is equally impressive outside of the studio too. In 2019 she secured an impressive 11 festivals slots, including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading where she opened up on the BBC 1Xtra stage. Through the course of her career, she has also performed at 10 venues across Atlanta and North Carolina, which includes opening up the UK stage at A3C Festival in Atlanta. She has also graced the Lovebox lineup and performed at the likes of Gloucester’s ‘King’s Jam’ festival, Chip Shop in Brixton and both Exit and Sea Dance Festival, which took place in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro. She was also one of the leading artists on the ‘Queens of Art’ tour and it was the first ever UK all female hip hop tour, which was later covered by the BBC.
Presenting a truly unique body of work, TrueMendous lends her distinctive flow and a sound layered with precision, to an amalgamation of fiery, raw, soulful and weighted bars that are seasoned immaculately with powerful lyricism and unrelenting production. The result is a celebration of hip-hop culture with contemporary understanding applied and an album that will be filed alongside the greats for years to come.
As fans eagerly anticipate the release of ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’ on the 1st April via High Focus Records, TRUEMENDOUS keeps up momentum with her third single release of the year, ‘You Don’t Wanna’. Churning the energy levels sky high, TrueMendous delivers an exhilarating record showcasing her dynamic and skippy flow. In harmony with her intricate flow patterns, the music video mirrors the pace through the changing backdrops and gradients.
‘You Don’t Wanna’ showcases powerful articulation and control, similar to her 2021 debut ‘Cause A Scene’. However, she is also able to demonstrate a soulful conscious rapping style seen in ‘Worst Child’.
Following on from the soulful and more rhythmic method of rapping TrueMendous surprises fans with a sneak peek of ‘Y’, which is teased at the end of the ‘You Don’t Wanna’ music video. The juxtaposition between both tracks exemplifies TrueMendous as an artist and her eclectic sound. Taken straight off the forthcoming album, ‘Y’ steers away from the fast paced levels of ‘You Don’t Wanna’ and sways towards a stripped back sound. Oozing with saxophone riffs, the slow pace is also reflected in the captivating visuals.
Setting the standard at stellar levels, TRUEMENDOUS continues to reach new heights and her single, ‘Worst Child’. With each release TrueMendous displays a new depth to her artistry and ‘Worst Child’ entails influences within the hip-hop hemisphere.
The conscious hip-hop number, produced by Illinformed, demonstrates more of an introspective side to TrueMendous. Teaming up with eccentric vocalist Rozzz the dimensions of the track alter as it fuses soulful elements with the enthralling hip-hop sound.
‘Worst Child’ TrueMendous forms part of her debut album, ‘Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson’, slated for release 1st of April 2021. Paying homage to Lauryn Hills ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, TrueMendous is set to showcase a heavyweight 17-track project featuring productions from Dirty Dike, Illinformed, Chemo, Wundrop, Mark Fear as well as guest vocals from the legendary Masta Ace, Kofi Stone and Rozzz to name a few.
The visuals capture the heart of London Town as TrueMendous leads us through some of the finest gems in the city. From the iconic venue Chip Shop in Brixton, to outside shots filmed in Camden, North West London TrueMendous showcases the spirit of the city through the transcending backdrops of her enthralling music video.
‘Worst Child’ is her sophomore release of 2021 and follows on from her high-energy single ‘Cause A Scene’, released in January. The track pinpoints the beginning of an exciting year for the Birmingham native. Her single quite literally caused a scene and she was included on the Ministry of Sound ‘Made In The UK’ playlist, alongside some of the UK’s top artists – Ghetts, Stormzy, Fredo and Slow Thai.
Hailed as ‘one to watch out for’ by Akil The MC, from the legendary Hip Hop crew Jurassic 5, TrueMendous already has numerous accolades to her name. She made her TV debut last year and landed the lead roles in the 2020 Christmas Pepsi Max and McVities adverts. 2020 also marked the release of her debut project ‘HUH?’, which was released via High Focus Records and is sitting on over 221,000 streams. Gaining an impressive buzz surrounding the EP, two of the singles were included in the Adidas ‘COLD.RDY’, as well as the FIFA 21 Soundtrack.
Preserving a strong presence within the world of hip-hop over the last seven years, we’ve only scraped the tip of the iceberg and ‘Worst Child’ is a number of new releases from the ultra talented TrueMendous.