Chali 2na has been a mainstay of the alternative hip-hop scene for some 25 years. His work with Jurassic 5 speaks for itself, for many and the “verbal Herman Munster” has cultivated a much deserved, loyal following around the world. This is no accident: he has earned his place among the best-kept secrets in hip-hop with decades of hard work, indelible skill and his infectious “friendly neighbourhood baritone” vibe.
I’ll be honest. Before I was asked to speak to George Watsky and check out his gig at Glasgow’s King Tuts, I didn’t know a whole lot about the dude. My knowledge was limited to brief online encounters with the quirky American rapper. Once, as that high AF, pale kid that raps at lightning. And again, as that dude who wore the fucking awesome Society Original Products sweatshirt in a video I meandered onto once.
What were you up to five years ago? Maybe you were bumming around the house at 16 years old, watching YouTube videos or loitering at the local shopping mall? Whatever you did to occupy yourself at that age, there were a group of girls unwittingly upstaging you. Back then, a group of four rockstar teenagers named ‘Cherri Bomb’ were sharing the stage with Dave Grohl and co, making you look lazy as hell as they tore up the circuit with their angst-filled punk/pop numbers.
With their musical style that’s both aggressive and catchy, Kent punk duo Slaves have been making serious waves across Britain’s boring and often garishly conformist music scene. A never-ending tour schedule and a DIY attitude to what they do has led to them grabbing spots on a number of music moguls’ end of year selections, which feels weird for a couple of blokes who seem hellbent on not being seen as a mainstream musical duo. Maybe, their ‘don’t-give-a-fuck’ political attitude feels refreshing and relevant to a British audience watching their country go to the dogs.