Bags x Boxes 4 Tour
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Despite being dubbed ‘the king of UK trap’ by respected stateside publications Complex and XXL, South Londoner Blade Brown remains one of the most underrated rappers in the game. First emerging onto the scene in the mid-2000s with a slew of influential mixtapes, collaborating with titans such as Wretch 32, Giggs, Skepta, Youngs Teflon, Chip and G FrSH, it was 2011’s Financial Times that saw Blade demonstrate the full extent of his ability. Delivering a hard-hitting dose of social realism, the release would go on to win both ‘Mixtape of the Year’ and ‘Best Hip Hop Mixtape’ at the Official Mixtape Awards.
“The word ‘independent’ gets thrown around, often inaccurately and often next to names who are simply too small to be anything but independent. Not Blade Brown, though,” Trench Magazine enthused. “Without management or PR, Blade has dropped a whole bunch of highly-rated, full-length projects – Financial Times, Hollow Meets Blade, and three volumes of Bags & Boxes – but he is by no means a lone wolf, bringing out the best in everyone he partners up with.”
More recently, he has linked up with young artists pushing the UK scene forward – including Fredo, Headie One and Tiggs Da Author – using his experience and natural talent to guide the next generation. There’s new Blade Brown material in the pipeline too, with the first cut from forthcoming project Bags & Boxes 4 recently released. After a few years away from music, Blade is now ready to decorate road rap’s table with those really-lived experiences – a table that’s all-to-often littered with fairy tales.
“My life is what I write,” he explains. “I rap about real s*** and that’s what keeps me in my own lane. I love this, and that’s why I tell my story.”
Drawing comparisons to street poets from across the Atlantic such as Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, it seems like only a matter of time before the name Blade Brown is held in a similar regard.