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SOUND CHECK: KOJEY RADICAL COMMUNICATES THROUGH MOVEMENT

on December 17, 2019 - 9:00am

London-based rapper Kojey Radical made his U.S. debut a few weeks ago at COLORS Live and paid a visit to the AFROPUNK offices in Brooklyn. As humble as he is confident, Kojey comes from a background in fashion, theater, and dance. He triangulates his experience and channels it into his impressive collection of videos such as “Water” and “97.” In his visuals, he showcases his ability to tell stories with his body, and represents Blackness in every shade.

Kano lists his top five grime instrumentals

on December 5, 2019 - 10:44am

The MC, and star of Netflix’s Top Boy, shares the beats you need to understand grime.

Kano provides an essential guide to the essentials of early grime in the latest episode of Top Five. The legendary east London MC and Top Boy star, ranks his favorite beats from across the genre's foundational period, taking time to shout out production from Jammer, Ruff Sqwad, Danny Weed, and more.

"We rarely hear instrumentals any more," he says, explaining the turn-of-the-century period when he was coming up alongside peers such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley.

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Kano Talks Us Through 'Hoodies All Summer'

on November 22, 2019 - 10:44am

On the Kojo Funds-assisted track "Pan-Fried," Kano takes a stab at rapping over a warped vocal sample, pitched up to a whine then tuned back down again. He's direct, as usual: "The whole hood got love for me/ For never frontin,' no fakin,' no fuckeries/ Hail up my brothers, but they need a compass/ We're tryna navigate out of this concrete jungle." He pauses to let the sample breathe between his own breaks for air.

It's unusual for an artist of his caliber and determination to do this — truly, every second of speech time counts — but backing tracks blissfully live out their own separate lives

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COLORSXSTUDIOS TAKES NYC: KOJEY RADICAL

on November 21, 2019 - 10:44am

The first-ever COLORSXSTUDIOS live event is sold out. At National Sawdust, the COLORSXSTUDIOS team prepares for their first foray into live performance. Outside, it’s an evening far too cold for early November in Brooklyn, but inside, the energy is warm and palpable. The performers and their teams filter in for soundcheck, everyone hugging and kissing upon arrival. Within minutes, it feels like we’re all at an eagerly-awaited family reunion. That the performers are quick to call COLORSXSTUDIOS family isn’t surprising.

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