Two very different styles with two very different messages share this week’s TOTW. Durham rapper Freddy takes a damning look at bleak Britain, whilst Newton Aycliffe’s Kv$hnoodle relishes the opportunity to get fucked up in the rare summer sunshine.
Freddy – “GREAT” Britain
“I had the idea [for the track] for a while and was kind of just holding onto it,” Freddy told RIDE. “But then the local news of the attack turned murder outside Eldon Square just really upset me, and I thought I would let people know how I felt about our “great” country. And also I’ve always been really inspired by conscious lyrics, I think the deep root of hip hop has always been planted in the artist’s surroundings and should reflect that, which we don’t see enough of today. I have a lot of fun with my heavier stuff and do plenty bragging, so sometimes it’s about stripping back and writing poetry that people can really relate to.”
Kv$hnoodle – Juice
“It’s just a vibe really, it was a super sunny day and the sun was shining in through the window of the studio – and I’ve been listening to a lot of Yung Gravy recently,” Kv$h told RIDE. “I just looked out at the sun and thought I want to make a song that reflects how I feel right now, and for the first time in a while I been feeling happier than usual. So, I made the beat and caught the vibe and I really like the idea of calling alcohol juice; I was sipping beers while making the tune and that first line of the hook came to me!
The whole thing is like a representation of a sunny day feeling better than usual but also at the back of my mind understanding where I could be going wrong in life. ‘I stay inside all alone, I’m a recluse’ but I’m kinda happy about it but I know deep down I can’t be alone forever.”