On Saturday 28th September 2019 the Academy Venue on Lower Abbey Street here in Dublin, was the venue to be seen in if you like your rap and hip hop music. There was plenty of entertainment to be had from up and coming homegrown acts to visitors from London UK and Wales. Prime Bling (PB) Your favorite on line digital entertainment guide was given full access to this event and were the only press outlets on site. We manged to speak to all the acts before they went up on stage.
1st up we had The Big Man, aka Luke Cummins, who hails from the Ringsend area of Dublin Docklands. We asked him what musicians inspired him growing up his answer was Biggie, 2 Pac, Snoop, Dr Dre,. The Big Man, began rapping at the age of around 13 years of age and has been busy at it since. Only very recently he released a video and a song on you tube titled ” Behind Barz, This video was only uploaded less than three weeks ago and already has over 3, 000 views.
The native of Ringsend went on to say that his hometown is one hell of a tight community and that everyone living there looks out for each other. This gig at the Academy was his biggest gig up to date. We then asked him where he would like to see himself in 5 Years time he replied, Doing gigs, preforming, on a bigger scale. His advice to up and coming musicians is “Go for it and never give up.
Next we had Darragh Kavanagh, aka DKC who hails from the Basin Street area of Dublin 8. The 19 Year old began rapping at the age of 12 years of age. He took a big interest in music productions while attending a local club known as the computer club house on a street known as rainsford street near his home.
DKC is now in his 1st year of media studies at Colaiste Dhilaigh college in Coolock in Dublin. We asked him where he got his inspiration from he replied Eminem, 2 Pac, and Irish legend Luke Kelly and Irish Rap and Hip Hop artists, Costello. We asked him where he would like to see himself in 5 years time he replied, Having his own music production company while at the same time doing gigs, etc.
Both he and Darragh have been busy working on projects together and coming very shortly down the pipeline will be a new EP.
Next we had a Luke RV, who hails from the Valley in South Wales. The 23 year old Rapper who only started to put out music two years ago at the age of 21. Luke who took inspiration from the likes of The Streets, and local MC’s from his area. Luke went on to say in the past there were very few local MC’s in his hometown making it as there was no public platforms like social media but in recent years these have expanded greatly in numbers and his hometown is buzzing with the amount of MC’s.
Luke recently dropped his 3rd Project titled ” Valley Boy, this EP has 7 tracks on it. His first project was titled ” Purgatory, and his 2nd project is called ” Lizzie. We asked Luke RV, Where he would like to see himself in 5 Years time he replied, Doing the same stuff but on a bigger scale. His advice to up and coming musicians “Be Yourself and be confident in your own ability. Check out Luke RV on all social media outlets including you tube.
Staying with the Valleys in South Wales we say hello to Conrad Stone. The 22 Year old is a singer songwriter was lending his support to Luke RV on stage. Conrad appears on Luke’s RV new project ” Valley Boy EP. Conrad who started putting out music at around 18 years of age already has an EP in the pipeline titled ” Shallow Souls.
He already has another EP which he released sometime ago called ” Time In Motion, which is available on all social media platforms including you tube. We asked Conrad what was it like growing up the coal mines areas of the Valleys. Growing up in the Valley was very quiet with nothing much to do and a little rough around the edges he laughs. We asked him where did he took his inspiration from, he replied Skinny Man, Taskforce, Oasis, Sam Phar. We then asked him where would he like to see himself in 5 years time, he replied, Doing the same stuff but on a bigger scale. We then asked him what advice could he give to up and coming musicians, He replied, Do your own thing don’t be a copycat you’re realness will come through in the end.
Next we say hello to London Native MC Mask. Hailing from South East London this 29 Year old started dropping out music at the age of 13. We asked Mask what was it like growing up in South East London, he replied, that people used to look at him differently because of his skin color he says it was also a very sticky situation.Mask will be dropping a new song in the very near future titled ” Zombie.
We asked Mask how he got his stage name he replied, as a child he used to put on a mask and when ever anyone called to his mum’s house he would hide either behind the sofa or in another room then he would jump out and scare that person. He said the name Mask just stuck with him since. You can check out Mask on all social media platforms and on you tube. You can also check out his you tube channel at -Mask- General – .We asked Mask where would he like to be in 5 years time, he replied, Doing well in the music game and doing it on a bigger level. We then asked him if he could offer advice to up and coming musicians what would it be, he replied,If you believe in yourself and you really think your good enough, it will work out stay focused.
And finally we say a big hello to Benny Banks this 32 year old Londoner is certainly making a name for himself when it comes to mixing. Benny started to put out music about 10 years ago when he was 22. One of his early releases was a sample of Don’t let go by En Vogue which Benny titled ” Drugs Paid The Bills, which is available on all social media platforms and on you tube.
We asked Benny where he took his inspiration from, he replied his Mum, Eminem, 2 Pac, and Nas. We asked Benny where he would like to see himself in 5 years time, he replied, He would like to be in a better position than where he is today. What advice could Benny give to any up and coming musicians ” Be yourself and keep it real.
Music Producer James Hamilton who was the organiser of this event went on to say he was delighted with the show and wanted to thank all the acts who took part from here in Dublin to London and Wales. James also wanted to thank the management and staff of the Academy Venue, on Lower Abbey Street here in Dublin for their cooperation and their hospitality to the acts and himself.
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