Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

One million singles for U.K. rappers, Rizzle Kicks

Unknown to me a new, UK rap duo has been slowly brewing in Brighton. With one million single sales to their name and over 300,000 album sold, Rizzle Kicks has a headline show this November in London.

Rizzle Kicks shouldn't be confused with "DJ Kicks" (aka "the most important DJ-mix series ever.") No, this Kicks is the energetic name for this rap group made up of Jordan 'Rizzle' Stephens and Harley 'Sylvester' Alexander-Sule. Since being signed by Island Records in 2011, success seems to have come quickly for the lads, including a sell out UK tour.

Mixtape publicity But, how did the ball start rolling? As with all good tales...with a bit of talent, a can do attitude and a bit of piracy. A collaboration between Rizzle and Sylvester entitled, "Minor Breaches of Discipline," featured Rizzle's playground raps and Harley's singing over the tunes. Selecting prize samples from some the biggest pop artists (think Gorillaz, Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys) obviously helped get this unknown group's voice heard. I downloaded the "Minor..." mixtape here.

For anyone in London, Rizzle Kicks will return this November to Camden Town's Roundhouse for a headline show. You can book your tickets at the Roundhouse online here.

Rizzle Kicks, Nov 15th, 2012 £17.50
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8EH

Box Office contact details
Tel UK 0844 482 8008

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