It was evident from the strength of the line-up, that we were in for a major overindulgence in talent, as Musicalize returned to IndigO2 with a bunch of the UK’s best urban artists. Showcasing an all men line-up, that was breaking at the seams with beats, bars and aptitude. May 4th was about to set a bar, that will no doubt prove very hard to top.
Kicking off the nights long-line stream of talent was unsigned competition winner Reece Robertson − embracing his time in the limelight, and hyping the crowd for the first-class string of talent that was soon to follow. Bringing an energetic performance was Yorkshire MC, and recent collaborator to Labrinth’s ‘Atomic’ EP, Lunar C, alongside his more than hyped hype men, booming their overpowering vocals down the mics. However, Lunar C managed to regain his position, and treated all those present to an exclusive first listen to his yet to be released new single, produced by True Tiger.
Moving on and bringing some heat with him, Scorcher hit the stage, bearing gifts − well, wearing them but hey we aren’t fussy. Neither was the audience member that claimed the hat from his very head − smooth, very smooth! Wrapping up his slot Scorcher exited, and made way for Ghetts, along with a live band, yes, we do love a love band! Picking up from Scorcher’s theme of distributing clothing, by the time Ghetts left the stage he was a nearly half naked man, gone were his hat, his shades, and his tee − blimey! None the less Ghetts absolutely smashed his set, need we say no more?!
Always repping the UK massively, it was Sway‘s time to touch down on the Musicalize stage. Cruising through his set of tracks including ‘Level Up’, ‘Still Speeding’, ‘F your Ex’ and ‘Little Derek’ − there is no denying that Sway has still got it, and a little more nowadays, as he introduced two fresh new artists, signed to his very own Dychpha Records, Tigger Da Author and Raptor. Next up gracing the night with some sweet vocals was Mr. Tyler James, suited and booted, Tyler ‘s short set (much to our disappointment) consisted of ‘Single Tear’, his brilliant BBC Live Lounge cover of Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and latest single and top track ‘Worry About You’.
The venue was completely shut down, when Roc Nation signee K Koke arrived on stage. He delivered some pure raw material, that sent the crowd mental, although the Northwest Londoner could’ve probably just stood in silence, and we guarantee the ladies would’ve still dropped to their knees with mushy hearts. Performing his most recent releases ‘Turn Back’, ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’ and brand new single ‘My Time’, Koke also delved into ‘Pure Koke Volume 1’ smashing through tracks such as ‘My Deepest Thoughts’ − by the time K Koke left the stage the adrenaline amongst the crowd was soaring, he definitely knows how to satisfy his fans.
Wow! Surely things couldn’t have gotten any better, could they? actually they could, we hadn’t even had the amazing headlining act yet. Gracing us with some ‘Old School KA’ Kano hit the stage with ‘Forefather’. There is seriously nothing this guy can’t do that isn’t first-class, and when it comes to grime Kano just cannot be topped! Blazing through his set, performing a golden collection of tracks including ‘Hustler’, ‘Hunting We Will Go’ and ‘Layer Cake’, Kano also welcomed back to the stage Sway and Tigger Da Author for ‘Still Sway and Kane’ − smashing it, and then smashing it again with ease. Then he wrapped up the night with the timeless banger ‘Ps & Qs’, Kano is definitely one of the finest MCs/Rappers/Artists to emerge from the UK. A force of all things brilliant, still running with the tightest flow, and lyricism − Big up!
Now try and top that…
Words: Demi Leigh