By Joseph ’JP’ Patterson
RapFix handpicks a few UK hip-hop and grime gems for the week. Artists include Rival, Ashley Walters, Cas, and LB.
Rival Feat. Double S & Mercston – “I Remember”
East London’s Rival calls on two of his grime buddies, Double S and Mercston, to assist him on his new club-friendly jam, “I Remember.” Over a thumping garage beat, the three MCs reminisce about the good ol’ days of grime. Long may it live!
Ashley Walters Feat. J Spades & Chip – “Trouble (Top Boy)”
To celebrate the last episode of the recent series “Top Boy,” Ashley Walters – who plays a leading role in the much-viewed British drama – released a track and net video called “Trouble (Top Boy).” The head-bobbing hip-hop number about being, well, a top boy, features one of those catchy J Spades hooks (you know the ones), and a few words from Chip.
CAS – “You Might Be Scared”
MF DOOM is no longer the only masked one in hip-hop. North London’s CAS has a face mask that resembles something out of a horror movie, which kinda works well with his bizarre visuals and equally bizarre bars. The rapper lets us view today’s society through his eyes on “You Might Be Scared,” and he has a strong message for all of the lazy ass UK politicians out there.
LB – “Premonitions”
LB could very well be the one to put west London on the UK rap map. “Premonitions” sees the monotone-flowing spitter looking into the future of his life, with a strong focus on his music career.