Wind Down With - Hip Hop

Loyle Carner

Benjamin Coyle - Larner, better known by the stage name Loyle Carner, is a British rap music artist and actor from South London. His Sound has been described by NME as sensitive and elequent' and by The Guardian as 'confessional'. His stage name Loyle Carner is a spoonerism of his double-barrelled surname.

 At the age of thirteen he had a small role in film 10,000BC in 2008, but shortly after receiving a scholarship to the brit school of drama he chose to drop out to focus on his passion for music. He released his first EP in September 2014 titled A Little Late, with fan favourite 'Ain't Nothing Changed' releasing the following year.  With a new album recently announced to be dropping at the end of January with an unofficial list of highly esteemed artist features, best keep yourself posted!

Nujabes

Jun Seba born in the Nishi Azabu district of Minato, Tokyo was a Japanese record producer, DJ and composer who recorded under the name of Nujabes. The Name being an anagram of his name, the reverse spelling of Seba Jun. He was the owner of two Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guiness Records and the founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions.

 His unique and pioneering style seamlessly mixes hip hop and jazz samples. Nujabes collaborated with other well known artists pushing this movement such as;  J Dilla, Uyama Hiroto and Shing02 (with whom he created the critically acclaimed 'Luv Sic" Hexalogy). Jun Seba unfortunately passed away in 2010 leaving a legacy for his love a hip hop and his craft. Following his death numerous tributes were made by various artists and big hitters in the industry. 

Mac Miller

Malcolm James McCormick best known by his stage name is Mac Miller is an american rap artist and producer from the United States. In early 2010 he his released his break through mixtape K.I.D.S, consequently he was subdue to mass media attention and Miller signed a record deal with pittsburgh based, indie record label Rostrum Records. The following year he released his flamboyant debut studio album Blue Slide Park, which climbed to number one on the US Billboard 200 Chart, making it the first independently released debut album to hit number one since 1995 .

Mac since his early days has adopted an alternate style of production and a more mellow flow. This very evident in his two most recent albums GO:OD AM and The Divine Feminine, of which have elite guest list's landing a hand from the likes of; Cee Lo Green, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson Paak.

Anderson Paak

 In 1986 Brandon Paak Anderson known professionally as Anderson Paak was born into a black Korean family in Oxnard California, United States. In 2011 Paak had starting earning acceptance into the L.A. music world and had begun working on his debut album. Due to lack of funds after losing his job (working on a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara) the album 'O.B.E. Vol 1' was later completed mid 2012.

 In the lead up to releasing his debut album 'Venice' as Anderson Paak in 2014 he was inspired by the white artists of the 1950's and had been developing a kaleidoscopic mix of '60s funk, '70s soul, hip-hop, R&B, electronic music, and rock 'n' roll. When he appeared on Dr. Dre's surprise 2015 album Compton, .Paak's profile skyrocketed — and, some say, stole the show.

To critical acclaim he released his most present and flawless album Malibu. This album is a firm favourite of CC in regards to the current releases of 2016. In this album he finally settles, finds his feet and truly comes into his own with collaborative efforts including;  Rapsody, The Game and School Boy Q.

Isaiah Rashad

Affiliated with Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar and the whole Black Hippie crew, rapper Isaiah Rashad hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Raised with thoughts of becoming a preacher until his brothers copy of Outcasts ATLiens turned his head around, Rashad eventually began ditching school to record demos.

His big break came in 2012 when he joined Juicy J  on the Smokers Club Tour, then in 2013 the up and coming artist signed with Top Dawg Entertainment, the label where most of the Black Hippy crew found their feet.

One year later he released his first debut effort in the form of an EP labelled Cilvia: Demo , which listed at number 40 on the billboard chart. Created during a period of personal and professional struggle Rashad went on to let go of his first 'proper' album in 2016 'The Suns Tirade'.

 

 

 

By Cal Cowie