King Tigaro, AKA Matt Crossling, first popped up on our radar back in September last year at Last Train Home Festival in Darlo. Not on the line-up officially, King T performed an impromptu mini-set during fellow emcee Liam Hope’s performance. He was without a doubt impressive, spitting with real emotion and clearly valuing the opportunity to perform live. Despite getting a mention on our review of the event, we dropped the ball by not researching the aspiring rapper further. Putting him down as just another casual rapper that isn’t striving for the top. How wrong we were.
Having teamed up with Darlo’s own Legitimate Anarchy Records, home to Endem, E-Mence, Rex Regis and more, King T is setting up to release a statement project: the ‘Rosé’ EP. “More Than Friends” is the first single from ‘Rosé’, released with spectacular visuals via Legitimate Anarchy last week. Judging a book by its cover, “More Than Friends” is a track that you might not expect from King T or LA Records. Despite his imposing stature, King T raps with a beautifully measured delivery, in contrast to the all guns blazing style of the majority of LA’s roster. The track shows a brave amount of vulnerability from King T, it’s an honest insight into a relationship gone awry and the pain it’s caused. “More Than Friends” has given us a taste of what King Tigaro has to offer, we can’t wait for the full EP on August 31st!
“More Than Friends” features a level vulnerability and heartfelt emotion that’s rarely seen in North East hip-hop music, a great sign of things to come from King Tigaro
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