An outstanding week in the sphere of North East hip-hop has seen so many new releases that we couldn’t narrow it down to just one Track of the Week. So, we’ve broken the rules, featuring FOUR brand new tracks that span the length of the hip-hop spectrum; all released last week, all from the North East of England. In truth, we wish we could do this every week. To have four incredibly varied and dynamic tracks come out of our humble scene in one week is exactly where we want to be. The more diversity and the more active artists we have putting out top quality music the healthier the North East scene will be.
*In no particular order
Rick Fury ft. RuMaz – “Robin Reliant”
South Shields’ lyrical miracle Rick Fury is back once again, last week he dropped his eagerly anticipated new album ‘Heart Break Kid’. We loved this project start to finish, it’s classic Rick Fury summer in a bottle vibes with added swagger and straight-up braggadocio. DJ A.D.S’ vibrant pallet of obscure samples, mellow beats and retro wrestling clips makes for an epic concept album born out of the idea that Rick is to North East hip-hop, what Shaun Michaels is to professional wrestling (that means he’s pretty good, by the way). “Robin Reliant” is our favourite cut from the album, in terms of A.D.S’ production, Rick’s flow and lyricism, and the sweet RuMaz feature, it ticks all the boxes.
Eyeconic – “Die Alone”
Time and time again Eyeconic has proved himself as one of the most dynamic artists active in the region. Cutting his teeth in the world of grime when he first burst on to the scene, the Polish-born smoggy has all but dropped any creative restraints at this point. He’s one of a handful of artists that could truthfully be described as unpredictable – you never know what wave this guy is going to be on. “Die Alone” is one of Eyeconic’s most lyrically introspective cuts yet, a personal track that will no doubt still strike a chord with anyone that listens. Our favourite thing about this track aside from the potent lyrics has to be Eyeconic’s intoxicating vocals. Rapping, singing, doing both virtually simultaneously, Eyeconic can do it all.
Blixkz – “Joker”
The North East’s fledgeling drill scene is largely ignored by the majority of the region’s hip-hop community, but it’s thriving with the young teens involved. All of them are quickly racking up the views and really getting some traction. Blixkz is one of the standard-bearers for this burgeoning scene and his latest single “Joker” is straight out of the top drawer.
Gilly Man Giro ft. Text Offenders – “Sellouts pt.2”
One of the North East’s most respected, up there alongside Rick Fury, Gilly Man Giro is back with another hard-hitting boom-bap uppercut. The second part to a track released four years ago via Sektion Red, Gilly Man sets his sights on the fakes once again. He’s on the hunt for realness and anything less will get called out. Gilly Man is cut from a different cloth, old school and fucking proud. Also… this video is just class.