Icie: Comparing myself with others crippled me

UK hip hop veteran Icie has talked about how his creativity was sidetracked for a long time because he was comparing himself with others. The London rapper has been sharing the journey he went on as he releases his debut album Moment of Clarity. “Previously I had been so consumed with what other people were…

JayEss album to drop in May

It’s been a long time coming but we don’t have much longer to wait for the JayEss album. He’s announced that his second full album will be released on the 24th May. The album’s called 7even and he says its his most complete work to date. The reason he’s so confident of that fact is…

A Star releases tickets for headline debut

  There’s a lot that prime UK rapper A Star has achieved so far in his career. He’s worked with the best and has, in fact, risen to become one of the country’s top MCs himself. But one thing has alluded him – he’s never done his own headline gig before. That all changes on…

When a rapper isn’t just a rapper

One of the reasons we love hip hop is the way rappers can tell revealing stories. It’s an art form that allows you to be transparent and very real. But what happens when even hip hop music isn’t freeform enough to get your message across? Well if the last year is anything to go by,…

Baliva’s realist album yet – Exclusive interview

Baliva, the London rapper with over a decade of making music under his belt, is releasing his latest project today called Imperfect. This album is a bit of a departure from his previous body of work, though. Or rather,a progression. Imperfect is the album where he can be more sincere, bold and honest. “The last album…

Review: S.O Live, The Garage

It was a long time in the making but after appearing as support for other artists, tonight was the first ever S.O headline gig. It exceeded expectations in every which way possible. After selling out the smaller room at the Garage in North London in under a week, the event was moved to the main…

Review: Jahaziel album listening party

Do we have a very late candidate for album of the year in Jahaziel’s new album Heads Up? It’s rare to even ask such a question before an album’s release but last night Jahaziel treated a packed out crowd in North London to an advance preview of his latest project. My early verdict? It has…