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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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1FIGURES, EAST LONDON, FASHION, HACKNEY, MUSIC -

This is a new wave of young UK designers intent on launching reputable streetwear brands off the back of their strong, African upbringing. The two reigning champs at separate ends of the clothing spectrum: Jai Eleven of [Nothing] and Christopher Kutoya of 1 Figures – are both currently in their element. Endorsing the grime-scene saviours and cultural innovators of our time, the names include the good one Lancey Fouxx, wolf Yxng Bane, Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Aj Tracy, Bonkaz, Kojo Funds, SNE, Frenzy, Dave… you get the picture. Africa’s cultural influence is undeniably breaking through in the UK. Chris Kutoya of 1Figures clothing is another headliner of the...

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1FIGURES, EAST LONDON, Frenzy, IDREAMBIGUK, MUSIC -

Frenzy, releases a fourth single to close off the three amazing singles he has released over the summer! This single is entitled "Dashiki Foreign" which Frenzy described through his Instagram account (Frenzyuk) by posting two pictures of the late great Fela Kuti. The first picture caption was "Scrutiny towards your culture is self-harm". The second picture caption was "There is only one version of you, celebrate that!". Frenzy uses "Dashiki Foreign to express how good it feels to be authentic. Listen here via Frenzy' Soundcloud

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