New Music Video: Spring Haze – Nicki Knightz

East Londoner NICKI KNIGHTZ has dropped some gripping visuals for latest track, ‘Spring Haze’, taken from her EP, ‘H.A.T.E’ out now.

The one-and-a-half minute production flips between two lives of the dark side that goes on in the inner city area of Hackney  – the side of Nicki the ‘misfit’ that she is now and how she lives her life and a young boy getting involved in dealing, stealing and eventually being killed. This was the harsh reality growing up for Nicki.

Over some smooth, almost neo-soul bars – a complete change to previous boisterous tracks, ‘Hate’ and ‘Mindwalk’ –   the young rapper describes the struggles faced in a low funded area, where majority of the people who live here are poor, and gives an insight into why drug dealing and violence commonly occurs in a brutal finalé.

This is some hard-hitting stuff…see for yourself…check out the video for ‘Spring Haze’ below:

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Song of the Day: No Stress – Marc Jones

Already picking up amazing support from the likes of Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, Kan D Man and Limelight at BBC Asian Network, Foundation FM, Reprezent Radio, UK Undiscovered, Premier Gospel (London), Amazing Radio, The Beat London 103.6 FM, BBC 1Xtra, Insanity Radio, NE1fm, Pulse88, Reprezent, Earmilk and Spotify making him the cover of their ‘Blessings’ playlist, MARC JONES dropped latest single ‘No Stress’.

The Croydon native has released four singles to date, racking up over 300k streams without any major push and is set to release his debut EP this Spring, entitled ‘Progress’. The six track project will feature varying moods and topics – sharing a plethora of his own truths and experiences. All the records allude to a disinterest with life’s peripheral perks, and instead focus on uplifting urban culture through music.

Hailing from a part of the world that’s synonymous with gangs and violence, Marc’s aim is to expose people to something different through his music, that others might find inspiration in his lyrics and his authentic story of normality – yet stability. There’s no rags to riches story here which makes the artistry even more impressive. If we’re honest, our sole wish is to be content with our lives and live comfortably – making Marc’s ability to make everyday topics relatable, resonate all the more.

Check out the video below…

Song of the Day: 7pm in Brixton – Political Peak

South London rapper, POLITICAL PEAK had an exciting 2018 after the success of previous single ‘One Step’,  which racked up close to 100,000 streams on Spotify. Making his return for 2019 with track ‘7PM In Brixton’, POLITICAL PEAK is preparing to set pace this year.

Reflecting on his upbringing in Brixton and journey through life ‘7PM in Brixton’ is a raw and honest offering. Peak has expertly crafted some gripping lyrics which have been executed with his trademark flow, riding the beat effortlessly.

With the track possessing lyrical content of this style and bars that take you on a journey, it was vital that the visuals followed suit. Enlisting the help of gifted videographer, Paul Whisper the visuals blend cold shots of Brixton today with retro footage from Peak’s early days.

Check it out below:

Song of the Day: Section 8 – Jackie Spade (ft. Lute)

With his long-awaited debut album, ‘Aurafication’ JACKIE SPADE taps Dreamville’s Lute for track Section 8′, available now on all streaming platforms.

Speaking of the single, the North Carolina emcee said: ” ‘Section 8’ brings light to the dark environment I was raised in. The uplifting hook and glorifying message makes this song a hymn to be sung across the ghettos of the world.”

‘Section 8’ serves as the second official single from Jackie’s brand new debut album ‘Aurafication’, released last Friday via Champion Sound Recordings and Rapper Big Pooh’s Common Cents Media Group. The album will serve as the full length follow-up to Jackie’s Eclectic EP.

Check out the track below:

EP Review: All In Me – Laolu

LAOLU‘s 2018 single, ‘How To Feel’ has got me fired up enough to look out for her debut  EP, ‘All In Me’…and judging from the strong support she received from BBC 1xtra and The Best Line Fits, it seems that I’m not the only one left hanging for the nine-track set.

Kicking off with a moody introduction through single ‘Buffering’, the EP predominantly delves into the haziness of smooth R&B and soul. Fifth effort, ‘Disconnect’, showcases a flair of the blues, intensifying the spine-tingling sensation presented in the EP. ‘So Right’ momentarily breaks away from the collection’s misty theme by injecting a smooth chirpiness of the Afro/reggae-esque bassline.

Those who admire the musical prowess of artist H.E.R, will definitely warm towards the South-East London songstress, who wants to offer the listener a fresh perspective on traditional R&B/Soul – and she does it perfectly through ‘All In Me’. Check her out below:

Must Listens: Disconnect, 20’s, Love Lost Found.