The RBMA UK Tour has officially started, as the world’s most prestigious academy hit up Liverpool on the 7 October to give the locals a taste of what the future has in store for Hip-Hop.
24 Kitchen Street – one of the city’s hottest joints at the moment – was graced by some of the freshest up-and-coming talent to come out of the Red Bull Music Academy, along with regular collaborators.
Local lads No Fakin’ ushered the crowds into the venue with some soulful Hip-Hop, leading very nicely into the sounds of Suicideyear – an RBMA graduate from 2015. This guy really knows his stuff, and is one of only a few DJ’s that can come on relatively early in the night, tear up the dance and leave in one smooth motion. The New Orleans native pushed the boat out and went with some heavy, growling trap which – along with the visuals displayed on all four walls of Kitchen St. – definitely drew people closer to the stage.
Loyle Carner was first on stage and, as an artist who’s still on the rise, he has the swagger of someone who’s been in the game for years. Confidence abound, Loyle – along with producer & friend Rebel Kleff – threw his signature sounds on the stage like “October” and “No CD” – affirming that he is definitely one of the UK’s most exciting artists in the genre.
Up next was Rejjie Snow, who is making moves of his own across the pond – having been tipped by essential Hip-Hop influences like XXL Magazine as a one to watch. Despite having flown in from LA the same morning, you could not see the jet lag in him at all, as Rejjie submerged the audience in overwhelming bass and lyrics – dishing out his latest release “D.R.U.G.S” as well as yet to be released “Murder”.
Then finally, it was time for the main acts – Krept & Konan who, despite time restraints, still managed to give the crowd something to remember. South London found its home up north with these two demonstrating just why they are the best in the game at the moment. They gave everyone something to work with, whether it was “Last Night”, “Freak of the Week” or even some freestyle lyrics over Biggie instrumentals, everyone was on the same level by the end.
Of course, we can’t forget Siobhan Bell, a DJ hailing from London who kept the crowd away from the smoking area between acts with her insane DJ’ing and selection of tracks, definitely one to watch for the future.
All in all not just an amazing showcase of the talent in this genre but an excellent party for the city of Liverpool to enjoy.