Afrobeats, dancehall and a healthy dose of British swagger.
Of late, it feels as though the realms of Afrobeats and dancehall have been merging with every passing day. From J Hus to Kojo Funds, there’s a plethora of UK Afro Bashment music flying about in cyberspace that’s really resonating with a new generation of UK rap artists, producers and party-goers.
So with that said, if you’re not too familiar with the scene, just curious about the sound, or want to broaden your catalogue of UK Afro Bashment tracks, here are five you really need to know about right now.
5. MoStack – Let It Ring
MoStack, from Hornsey, north London has been a leading light in this burgeoning scene. Along with J Hus, he’s been churning out the hits; consistently clocking up millions of views on YouTube and selling out the 02 Islington in a matter of hours, giving you an idea of the level he’s operating at. This track best represents the style, swagger and lyrical content you come to expect from him: raw, gritty, but with humour. Evidently, a winning formula.
4. Tion Wayne – Minor
Hailing from ‘The 9’, also known as Edmonton, Tion Wayne has been making waves over the last couple of years. He’s one of the first UK rap artists acts to pursue this sound, and notably signed to EMI in early 2017. Don’t let the bubblegum beat fool you on this one, Tion’s talent lies in making tracks with street content, but an overriding party vibe.
3. Belly Squad – Like That
Belly Squad have trailblazed the UK Afrobeats scene, and have really come into their own of late, with the Allstar remix of their most notable track ‘Banana’ featuring UK rap’s rising star Abra Cadabra, among other heavy hitters. The crew have really cemented themselves in this evolving Afro-Bashment sound, and reaffirm their musical abilities with new track ‘Like Dat’.
2. Kojo Funds – Warning
Canning Town artist Kojo Funds is another who’s had a meteoric rise. His track with Abra Cadabra, ‘Dun Talkin’, and solo release ‘My 9INE’ have been doing the numbers on YouTube, and he’s built on his buzz with a hefty touring schedule. Like ‘My 9INE’, which remixes the flow and lyrics to Wayne Wonder classic ‘No Letting Go’ into a love letter to his personal firearm, ‘Warning’ demonstrates his ability to reinvent, turning 90s dancehall number ‘Informer’ into a searing banger.
1. J Hus – Did You See
Stratford’s J Hus is the leading light of this new wave of Afro Bashment rudeboy rap and he needs no introduction. ‘Did You See’ is an addictive anthem that resonates on so many levels: great beat, catchy hook, dancefloor friendly and flawless harmony. This one’s sure to be doing the rounds this summer, leaving even more J Hus addicts in its wake.