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2019, DIGGA D, FASHION, HEADIE ONE, LOZ SMITH, MEDIA, MUSIC, NSG, RUSS, UK MUSIC, YXNG BANE -

2018 was pivotal in transcending the music scene to heights never seen before, with the new year promising to be even better. Last October we witnessed what some deemed to be groundbreaking pertaining to UK Hip-hop, the chorus-less song ‘Funky Friday’ by Fredo and Dave debuting at No 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The achievement must have meant a lot to both artists involved but does much more for the UK music scene, with songs with similar aesthetic also performing well on the charts. We wanted to curate a list that expresses who we thought was on track to have a dope 2019.  Russ -   Russ started off the year...

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1FIGURES, BLOGGER, CREATIVE, EAST LONDON, HACKNEY, MUSIC, STAFF UPDATE, TEAM -

I am a 24-year-old African from Hackney and it repulses me to think that I nearly let my love for reading and writing slip away. Growing up in an area seen as urban or the ‘hood’ can strip you of all your creativity and belief if you let it, think of it as a negotiation where you and the adversities that come with it battle it out for your integrity, emotion, time, and morals. I allow myself to trip over these hurdles, so I sympathise with people running the same race without the family and friends I have, its hard...

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Fast Forward (Our Youth: Their Music)  I spent this year reading again and again about the horrific cases of murders in London. A day rarely went by when I didn’t hear of another incident. It all seemed normal to me because of the environment I grew up in, Hackney. My parent’s reaction always reminds me of the abnormality of these incidents. I’ve also found myself becoming over protective of my little brother, who is sixteen years old. There has been a surge in the amount of teenagers being murdered. I worry about his safety and I’m always thinking of ways...

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1Figures are well renowned for dropping their pieces at various intervals. After nearly four years since the journey started, 1Figures are ready to kick off 2019 with a strong statement. Leaking pictures of their OG FIGURES SUIT which is reportedly due to release anytime during the first quarter of 2019. A pre-order link will be available very soon.  Images of the OG FIGURES SUIT track top & track pant follow below.  1Figures.com      

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CREATIVE, EAST LONDON, FASHION, HACKNEY, HACKNEY GAZETTE -

Clothing line 1Figures has become familiar to many sartorially conscious locals. At the age of 14, owner Christopher Kutoya started putting money towards setting up a label. Only a few years later, Christopher realised his vision by establishing the brand and hosting his own pop up shop in Hackney in 2016. “Hackney has definitely played a massive role in my build up as a creative person,” Kutoya says. “Without Hackney I can definitely say that I may not be in the position I am now in with regards to my creative skills and outlook. Experiences from growing up and seeing...

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