Review : Various Artists - This is UK Rap, Volume 1
GrimedailyThis Is UK Rap Vol. 1 features two discs filled with tonnes of respected UK rap and hip hop artists delivering real, down to earth lyrics. The scene is at its peak and is now stronger than ever and is reflected in the tracklist which features material from Giggs, Blade Brown, Skepta, Lioness, English Frank, Scorcher and Ja Ja Soze alongside rising talents Cashtastic, Benjamin AD, Margs, Exo, Sneakbo, Boss Belly and more....full text
BbcCirca 2012, itís probably harder than ever to get a handle on the UK rap of this releaseís title. Its compilers have attempted to do so, in part, by being as comprehensive as possible: This is UK Rap features more than 150 minutes of music.
For this reason, it doesnít feel like it crystallises a scene in the same way as British beatsínírhymes collections of old Ė 2000ís Word Lab, which featured UK hip hop icons like Roots Manuva and Blak Twang, or Run the Road, a snapshot of grime royalty from 2005.
Nevertheless, thereís a lot to like about this collection, and many pointers as to where the current scene is heading. Save for a few elder statesmen Ė Scorcher and guests including Wretch 32 offer the so-so Itís All Love; Skepta appears on Blade Brownís menacing crawl In Your Dreams Ė everyone on here emerged in the last few years, as grime hit a creative impasse but provided pop-chart bounty for its proverbial one percent....full text
BritishhiphopThis Is UK Rap Vol. 1 will be the first in a series of compilations bringing together the hottest rappers on a two disc spectacular full of hard beats, real lyrics and street defining tales. This Is UK Rap Vol 1 features the most respected names on the UK Rap / Hip-hop scene, whose buzz, street credibility and talent are undeniable.
UK Rap is finally at its peak, with acts like Giggs winning BET awards, K Koke being signed to Roc Nation and of course Krept & Konan's "4 million views" alongside consistence within the mixtape field; UK Rap is now stronger than ever. Hip-hop in the UK has been overshadowed by many Grime MC's in the past years, however online views, iTunes charts and general demand have begun to dictate a change.
The CD's tracklist has been specially compiled by DJ Fira featuring well-known tracks and exclusives from our favourite boys from the block including pioneering names such as Giggs, Blade Brown, Skepta and Ja Ja Soze alongside some of the fresh new talent including Cashtastic, Benjamin AD, Margs, Exo, Sneakbo, Boss Belly and many more....full text
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