One of the brightest in the game, rapper and producer Knucks has finally released his brand new EP NRG 105, his first major project and his first with the Island Records imprint.
Styled like a radio transmission, with a smooth American radio host introducing the music, humourous call-ins and spoof ads interspersed throughout, NRG 105 is a highly polished production – something that complements Knucks’ mature sound.
The record also features contributions from some of the UK scene’s most exciting artists. Knucks goes toe to toe with one of the finest rappers the UK has produced in Wretch 32 over a killer trap beat on
“Diddy“. It also features Mike Skinner-mentored rapper Oscar #Worldpeace shows his promise on the Afrobeats-inspired “Blessings“.
Having been already teased with the quirky hip-hop anthem “Rice & Stew” and the jazz-inflicted “Wedding Rings“, it’s a bold statement from the New Gen rapper and surely will go down well with listeners.
Bursting onto the scene with mixtape Killmatic in 2014, Kilburn resident Knucks generated a considerable buzz on account of his UK Rap flow fused with stateside R&B influences. He has since amassed over 1 million Spotify streams on hit “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, showcasing his keen ear for sampling classic records with a creative flair and breathing a new lease of life into the scene.
NRG 105 is evidence of Knucks realising his potential and channeling that into a slick, expertly-produced hip-hop record with an unmistakably British feel.