Song of the Day: Trapstar II – Kwazi Cort

KWAZI CORT, a rising star in the UK Grime scene, serves a notice to all the non-believers who’ve been too quick to dub the genre as a thing of the past.

Using his single, ‘Trapstar II’ as a means of showcasing his multi-faceted artistry, he quite literally navigates the space between Rap and Grime to craft his own original sound, knotting together the kerrangs of Rock with the soulful harmonies of RnB.

Written as a diary of experiences, ‘Trapstar II’ serves as an ode and love letter to the South London streets which made him. Diving deeper into the complex feelings of negatively affecting your neighbourhood to make a living and fund studio-time, his aspirations are set way beyond any street cred. Kwazi Cort refreshingly vocalizes the challenges he faced as a recovered conscious gangster – sentiments which are not expressed enough in today’s music! Supplying listeners with the highs and lows of being a Trapstar, along with the burdens placed on his relationships, as a consequence of prioritizing the roads; finally giving real meaning to the phrase “married to the streets”.

“It’s kinda mad, I thought everybody went through similar things like me… I was wrong. My South London story morphed friends to foes, cats to catwalks, macs to models” Kwazi continues,“Trapstar II is an autobiography, recording my journey from hustling in the streets to barring in the booth. Grinding in order to better my position due to the lack of opportunities, meanwhile at war with my conscience, aware of the damage it’s causing my loved ones as a result.”

Check out the video for ‘Trapstar II’ below…

Charlie Trees Brings Positivity To The Forefront With Latest Single, ‘Smile Back’

Amidst the uncertainty and grief in these surreal times, CHARLIE TREES’ latest single, ‘Smile Back’ brings some much-needed light within all darkness. Following on from his first release of 2020, ‘Trees’, Charlie continues to reach his genre-defining sound to the masses.

Another collaboration with Yrk Rd and SludgeWizard, the laidback guitars and dreamy undertones takes us through a cosmic trip, as Charlie shows how to embrace the positivity he wants to see in the world. Alongside the single comes a film by No1, a music video, that fittingly demonstrates the happiness Charlie brings to those he cherishes.

The themes of the new single and its accompanied film showcase a different side to Charlie Trees, bringing positivity and love to the forefront. ‘Smile Back’ serves as a reminder to ignore the bad vibes, spend time with the ones we love and awaken our third-eye. The 4/20 loving, Grime-Bap MC uses his hallucinogenic experiences to create music that comes with a message, one that is more relevant now than ever.

Check out the video for ‘Smile Back’ below…

Song of the Day: Both Remix – Kwakzino

Remixing the popular anthem from drill artist Headie One, South London raised KWAKZINO applies his own style and finesse to further build on the catchy instrumental, which is a sampled reworking of the 1990s Ultra Nate track ‘Free’.

In the lyrics, he talks about how he chose to make a change from his illegal lifestyle and turn his attention toward the spiritual pathway, which allowed him to make a positive turn in his life.

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Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: Spazzin – Anderson 100 & Capstone Heights

Taken from their collaborative EP ‘New Moon’ (released via Dudley Road Records, created by Brum football legend Daniel Sturridge), Birmingham finests, CAPSTONE HEIGHTS and ANDERSON 100‘s lead single ‘Spazzin’, sports a soft introduction that leads into a heavy, clattering drill beat produced by Malice Beats. The pair ride the riddim with a gritty, scattergun flow, paying homage to their hometown and the great game of football too.

Together Capstone Heights and Anderson 100 encapsulate the influences and culture of their hometown Birmingham. ‘New Moon’ has a unique sound combining heavy beats, with Anderson’s recognizable skippy rap flow, and soulful, creative lyricism from Capstone.

Over recent months Anderson 100 has released an onslaught of music and made serious gains in the rap scene. Tipped as “…an artist with so much promise” by the likes of Kenny Allstar (BBC Radio 1Xtra), he’s also reeling in support from some of the U.K’s top DJ’s across Capital, Beats1 and 1Xtra, with joints such as ‘Bae Goals’ and ‘House Rules’. As a musician Anderson 100 has built a loyal and increasing fanbase from being able to produce unorthodox sounds whilst portraying integrity through the vibes his music gives, he expresses himself freely and is recognisable by the music he creates.

Singer/songwriter Capstone Heights is known for seamlessly merging multiple genres using 808 beats with hints of Soul, Hip Hop and R&B, to create a cutting edge experience for his listeners, exemplified in soulful tracks such as ‘Destress’ and ‘Champagne’.

Offering something new and unique, Anderson 100 and Capstone Heights prove why UK regional rap is flying high and put themselves on course for being frontrunners of not just Birmingham based artists, but the UK rap scene.

Check out ‘Spazzin’ below…

Song of the Day: Smooth Criminal – Big Narstie (ft. Still Greedy)

Undoubtedly one of the biggest stars to come out of the Grime scene, BIG NARSTIE has made a name for himself, from the early days coming up in the UK hip-hop scene to more recently being known for having his own award winning Channel 4 show with Mo The Comedian ‘The Big Narstie Show’ and guest appearances on Big Fat Quiz, Celebrity Coach Trip, Celebrity Bake Off and plenty more. Narstie is one to stay true to his roots and still consistently releases music, this time he gives us ‘Smooth Criminal’ featuring Dice Recordings label mate Still Greedy.

With 60 million plus streams, his latest album BDL BiPolar featured Ed Sheeran, Raleigh Ritchie and Craig David, where he scored a top 10 single with When The Baseline Drops. As well as this Big Narstie has various brand endorsements with the likes of Zopa, 888Sport, McDonalds, Carphone Warehouse; Big Narstie is a brilliant example of a modern day success story.

Having been named ‘Best Grime Act’ at the Urban Music Awards five times, heralded as Noisey’s ‘Man Of The Year’ and ‘Personality of The Year’ at GRM Daily’s Rated Awards, he has also performed at an abundance of festivals such as Wireless, Lovebox, Glastonbury and more.

With consistent radio support from the likes of 1Xtra, Radio 1 and Beats 1, this latest release further proves why Big Narstie is one of the best in the country. Check him out below…