UK afrotrap - thread for discussing MoStack, J-Hus, Kojo Funds, Abra Cadabra, Belly Squad, Yxng Bane etc

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Kojo Funds & Abra Cadabra - Dun Talkin
MoStack - Block Popping
Belly Squad - Banana Remix
Yxng Bane ft. Kojo Funds - Fine Wine
MoStack ft. J Hus - Paranoid

I've been caning all these virtually daily for the last month or so, although most of them slipped out at the tail end of last year. Still, something's going on here, right?

I don't know much about most of these guys or how they fit in, but this seems to mark the tipping point where what's been going on in Ghana and Nigeria really filters through to wider UK rap (despite it being nearly two years since Dem Boy Paigon there's something of a purple patch going on right now). But it also feels distinct from other UK artists like Kwamz & Flava or Mazi Chukz in that they feel defineably London and aimed first and foremost at a UK audience. Way more screwfacy than that, but distinct from grime, like you get the sense that most of these guys would have been making standard road rap until recently and there's a load of that DNA in this sound as well. Anyway, where do I hear more of this?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 19:24 (one month ago) Permalink

j hus - dem boy paigon

flopson, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 19:31 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm all for this thread. Dun Talking is dope.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 19:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Might be my imagination but reasonably reliable bellweathers like Mista Silva and Sneakbo seem to got a bit more aggro of late as well.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 19:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Can we put this one in here? It's not very aggro but I like it.

Dave x J Hus - Samantha

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:01 (one month ago) Permalink

J Hus' 2017 wasn't quite on par with his 2016 but Friendly was really good:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

ehhhh 2016/2015 i mean

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah I think we might have got to this point sooner had Hus not been, er, unavoidably detained for a chunk of last year.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:27 (one month ago) Permalink

top choices in the op missing addison lee, big tobz' controlla, my 9ine, and robbery

suggest bannon (||||||||), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:42 (one month ago) Permalink

spotify's bash caviar pl an essential follow
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/4JPqkl1ShCzpRsexBvmGiK

suggest bannon (||||||||), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:43 (one month ago) Permalink

I loved Dem Boy Paigon when it came out. Looking forward to delving into this thread.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, 9 February 2017 08:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Can't find any links for LottoBoyzz' No Don outside of Spotify so I'll just say it's the jam and drop this in here:
spotify:album:7oLMlGAfUk3LYnel7DoWx8

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 9 February 2017 13:27 (one month ago) Permalink

new mostack produced by ill blu

lex pretend, Friday, 10 February 2017 11:41 (one month ago) Permalink

"Dun Talking" is pretty huge, love it

lex pretend, Friday, 10 February 2017 11:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Iray Mvmt seem key to this scene

https://soundcloud.com/iraymvmt

lex pretend, Friday, 10 February 2017 11:43 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Abra Cadabra ft. Kush "Valentine"

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 16:33 (one month ago) Permalink

J hus - did you see

||||||||, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

you'd never know this instrumental was a massive pop song, it fits right in w yxng bane's whole sound

wish he had ditched the ed sheeran chorus all together tbh

oiocha, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 09:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

paolo, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 16 March 2017 07:21 (one week ago) Permalink

||||||||, Thursday, 16 March 2017 07:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Kojo Funds 'Warning' is completely shameless, in a "are you really doing this? Oh my fucking god you made it the whole verse" kind of way. I actually have the admire the chutzpah of it:

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:06 (one week ago) Permalink

chorus of the year
https://youtu.be/CvtxRv38Ep4

||||||||, Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:38 (one week ago) Permalink

Morbidly intrigued by what I'm going to hear when I click on that Keef link.

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:45 (one week ago) Permalink

kojo has previous for interpolation w my nines obv

||||||||, Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:18 (one week ago) Permalink

the arabic connection

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:24 (one week ago) Permalink

(geko's...mixtape? album? lionheart is pretty solid)

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:25 (one week ago) Permalink

like this too

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:34 (one week ago) Permalink

"you alright yh?" is amazing

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Morbidly intrigued by what I'm going to hear when I click on that Keef link.

― Matt DC, Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:45 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You should check it out, I think it's probably being under acknowledged in the Afro "trap" genre how much of the influence came from Chicago anyway, if u look at YouTube stats for who was watching keef videos New York & London were two of his biggest audiences

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:40 (one week ago) Permalink

paolo, Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:44 (one week ago) Permalink

I enjoyed that more than any other Keef I've bothered to listen to, which admittedly isn't a huge amount. But yeah road rap has been channeling drill for years and UK drill is mostly boring, but all this is a further mutation from that and it's the afro element that really makes this stuff bounce.

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Dun D ft. Sneakbo & Kojo Funds - Badman Rmx:

Like there's obviously some Chicago in the mix but that's not what makes it exciting, and the rhythmic blueprint is completely different.

Matt DC, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i agree! that keef track is picking up on the same influences (afrobeats) IMO

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:36 (one week ago) Permalink

whats interesting to me is how they're both coming to nearly identical conclusions, like you could mix those tracks together & no one would blink (well...they're not in the right key so it wouldn't be completely effortless but im sure there are plenty of examples where that would work)

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:37 (one week ago) Permalink

HUSKIES

lex pretend, Friday, 24 March 2017 13:00 (two days ago) Permalink

paolo, Saturday, 25 March 2017 09:14 (yesterday) Permalink


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