Punk and Hip Hop share a similar anti-authority/DIY ethos. In the 1970s when punk first emerged bands self-produced and distributed their own albums through independent labels. Today with the advancements in technology anyone with a simple computer has the power to create and release their own music.
In an attempt to further separate from the conventions of Uk Hip-Hop/ Rap a number of artists have embodied the Rockstar title. Master Peace is a perfect example, once you witness him perform his single Buck Me on the night you will realise he is far from just a rapper.
The political commentary present in Hip-Hop and punk is another area that ties these genres together. Mic in his latest release Heaven is Black discusses the black experience from his own perspective. His content is ‘against the grain’ and his style of delivery makes him most easily defined as an Alt-Grime rapper.
We have selected a number of other artists who we feel displays the emergence of Punk + Alt sound within Uk’s music scene:
Calm Zulu and Emro create an Erika Badu-esque form of neo-soul that touches your heart and uncovers al your suppressed emotions. Their sound is incredibly reminiscent of the alternative rock of the 1980s.
Princetta is yet to release any music, but the first day she came to our studio I was so inspired by the unique way she expressed her pain and hunger for success.
Our DJ for the night Nosa:
He will be mixing a selection of tracks he feels best represents the theme.