Today I’m going for something a little different. Normally I keep my purview squarely fixed on the world of comic books, which is awesome. However, I also claim to talk about pop culture and I haven’t done that for a while. With that in mind, today I’m just going to run through three new artists I’ve got into and why you should give them a listen.
Donald Glover has gone for everyone’s best friend in Community to a genre defying rapper and hip-hop artist. I am officially addicted to his 2013 album ‘Because the Internet’ and I’m still unravelling the mystery of last years ‘Awaken, My Love!’ If you like artists who switch and change their style with ease and show really depth with both their lyrics and general composition then Gambino is the place to me. I would start with ‘Sober’ then follow up with ‘V.3005’ and finally try a little ‘Redbone’ if you want to get a feel for his style and whether you would be interested in him.
Coming from the same category of actor turned artist, we have Raleigh Ritchie, better known as Greyworm from Game Of Thrones. Ritchie is a breakout artist from the growing grime wave taking over the UK. He manages to balance the strong influences of artists like Stomzy with a more relaxed and distant vibe. His debut album ‘You’re a Man Now, Boy’ is a thing of beauty with every track hitting close to home for anyone growing up in urban or suburban England. If you’re interested I recommend you start with ‘Bloodsport ’15’ then move on to ‘Champions’ before listening to the entirety of the ‘Mind The Gap’ EP.
Chance The Rapper
While I’ve been writing this article I’ve been listening to this amazing artist, I wanted to listen to each artist while I wrote about them but I have a little problem with Chance The Rapper. I cannot stop listening to him. Forget that he wrote and recorded his first mix tape in 10 days. Forget he drops albums with the likes of Kanye West on them for free. Forget that he is one of the few rappers that preaches monogamy and high morals while still being a badass and well respected in the community. All that aside, he is just a bloody good artist, blending the best of rap, hip hop and jazz into something new and revolutionary. I honestly believe that Chance represents a turning point in hip-hop, putting the music first and the drugs, babes and money second (which is not to say that they aren’t there but they’re all respected). If you want to get into Chance there is only one place to start, crash on your bed and listen to the entirety of his 2016 album ‘Colouring Book’.
That’s my top three artists at the moment, but what’s yours? Are you into Childish Gambino, Raleigh Ritchie and Chance The Rapper? Let me know in the comment section down below, on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Beartrails/ or on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/BearTrails
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Written by: Patrick Lunn