Styles P’s current single ‘It’s OK’ featuring Jadakiss was a summer anthem on the east coast. The follow up single ‘Harsh’ features Rick Ross & Busta Rhymes and is destined to be a big hit. Known for witty wordplay and street life induced lyrics, Styles P is far from your average ringtone driven rapper. Whether a part of the triple threat the Lox or as a solo artist Styles P razor sharp slick talk has created a cult-like following by his countless fans within the hip-hop and gangsta rap community.
The Cool Kids’ irresistible, hooky rhymes and club cramming beats seamlessly bridge the old and new schools of hip hop while assuring them a sure-fire path to world-wide attention. In their short amount of time as a duo the Cool Kids have been featured in Rolling Stone, XXL, The Source, SPIN, Paper Magazine, CBS News, The New Yorker, Fader, and on the cover of Urb. The long awaited debut full length is here.
The 14-track effort features collaborations with Travis Barker, Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Mayer Hawthorne Asher Roth, as well as production credit for Pharrell Williams on the track ‘Summer Jam.’ The physical release contains three bonus tracks that are only available at record stores and are not on the digital release.
Mr ShaoDow (pronounced Sha-Ow-Dough) is an independent artist from Oxford, who
certainly has a unique sound, as well as being versatile in his lyrically intelligent, multi-
syllable flow. He takes his name from his expertise in Shaolin Kung Fu, which he studied
after travelling to China alone at the age of 18. It was there that he discovered music, and it
appears he hasn’t looked back since.
On his journey so far, ShaoDow has single-handedly sold 4,000 copies of his CD across the
UK. He has headlined the o2 Academy in his hometown, and appeared on Tim Westwood’s
show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. On top of that he has supported the likes of Skepta, Devlin and
Chase & Status and was recently asked by ‘Wearing My Rolex’ artist Wiley to support the
Manchester leg of his UK tour.
Not a bad effort at all from a man who is his own manager and record label.
The self-confessed ‘multi-genre artist’ is set to release his new single ‘Get Stronger’ after
enlisting the services of Grime scene veteran Ghetts.
The single will be available on Friday 3rd June, with the official video, an original animation
from Stone of Fluid Anims, being premiered by the UK’s leading online broadcaster, SB.TV,
on Saturday 4th June.
The energetic ‘Get Stronger’ is produced by Mr SnowMan, who has mixed in a bass filled
mix of Dubstep and Grime, which complements the high powered lyricism, as well as giving
the track the durability of being popular with more commercially minded listeners as well as
setting an underground rave alight.
Despite the prolific feature of Ghetts, who drops an impressive verse on the track, ShaoDow
certainly isn’t outshone in any way, as he and Ghetts both successfully take on what is
described by ShaoDow as ‘a topic everybody can relate to’, with three intelligent and angrily
projected verses, and an even angrier and surprisingly catchy chorus.
There is also a remix of the single, which is ‘a Dubstep/Rock/Drum & Bass invention created
by talented artist/producer AK’. The remix is another track that would be well received on the
dance floor, but isn’t comparable to the 3 minute adrenaline rush that is the original.
The release will be completed with an additional song called ‘Stay Away’. This is
another ‘banger’ produced by Mr SnowMan, which could easily have been a release in
its own right, as opposed to a B-side. This track features a quick-fire, skippy verse from
ShaoDow followed by Ghetts again, who’s input on this track is arguably even more
impressive than on ‘Get Stronger’. The track is completed with a decent feature from
Birmingham MC ‘Vader’.
If you are a supporter of UK music, then 3rd June should be an important date in your diary as
this single is well worth getting hold of.