ALLAN KINGDOM – KNOW ABOUT IT

Allan Kindom’s new track ‘Know About It’ finds the Minneapolis MC in markedly different territory.  Autotuned melodies on the hook and synth-led beats from producers FNZ & Ronny J Still, ‘Know About It’ represents a complete departure from the material on Kingdom’s debut ‘Northern Lights‘. It’s altogether closer to the kind of mainstream sound the…

DUCKWRTH – I’M DEAD

South Central’s Duckwrth impressed last year with his debut ‘I’M UUGLY‘ and all-round boundless creativity in general. His first release of 2017 features Sabrina Claudio & Sad Money, and in Duckwrth’s own words is “quite literally about deadening the wack situations in life that hinder growth.  Like worrying about hype, opinions, or status quo.  In the…

FRANK OCEAN – CHANEL

If anyone favours a surprise release, it’s our Frank.  Having self-released visual mixtape ‘Endless’ right before sophomore album ‘Blonde‘, Ocean Drops new track ‘Chanel’ with barely a word, letting the shuffling piano and his understated gravitas do the talking.  Stream below via Spotify, click here to check out recent album ‘Blonde‘.

SNOOP DOGG – BADBADNOTGOOD

‘Lavender‘ first found life as a Kaytranada-assisted track on BadBadNotGood’s latest album ‘IV‘.  It was sufficiently eery back then, but producer Nightfall has amplified things in that regard, and a new video starring Snoop Dogg and a load of clowns pushes things over the edge.  Apparently, Snoop heard the track when an engineer played it…

STORMZY – COLD

“To celebrate ‘Gang Signs & Prayer‘ going Gold, #MERKY present to you COLD” reads the video description. Looks like congratulations are in order for Big Mike – not only did his debut album reach number one, it’s also now sold over 100,000 copies.  ‘Cold’ follows ‘Big For Your Boots‘ as the second album track to get…

FREDDIE GIBBS – CRUSHED GLASS

Freddie Gibbs is back, announcing new album ‘You Only Live 2wice’ [March 31] with new track and video ‘Crushed Glass’.  The video sees Gangsta Gibbs wake up face down in a desert, pick himself up and walk his way out, only to wake up in prison after night falls. Two days before the track’s release, Gibbs…

OSCAR #WORLDPEACE – RECLUSE

Oscar #Worldpeace makes his full length debut with ‘Recluse’, a short but perfectly-formed introduction to the Tottenham MC.  The album features singles ‘That’s Alright‘ and ‘Tate Modern‘ and production by fellow Mini Kingz member Ragz Originale, and establishes a quietly astonishing sound that’s quite unlike anything else that’s currently on the UK market.  Stream below via SoundCloud,…