SKRAPZ ANNOUNCES DIFFERENT CLOTH PART II TOUR
INCLUDING LONDON O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
ON TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
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Skrapz announces Different Cloth Part II Tour his biggest UK tour to date, including a special hometown show at O2 Forum Kentish Town on Tuesday 27 November as well as dates in Manchester, Academy (15 Nov), Birmingham, O2 Institute (16 Nov) and Nottingham, The Brickworks (17 Nov).
Cut from the cloth of rappers that put authenticity above everything, Skrapz’s immersive conversational flow and compelling backstory have built his reputation as somewhat of a people’s champ.
Early Mixtapes ‘Skrapz Is Back’, ‘Shutdown Season’, ‘Skrapz Is Back PT 2.’ and ’80’s Baby’ firstly introduced Skrapz as we know him today to the streets. But with two album’s under Skrapz’s belt, 2017’s ‘Different Cloth’ and 2015’s ‘The End of the Beginning’, both featuring artists such as Nines, Giggs, Wretch 32 Donae’o & Chip, have propelled Skrapz to top of the UK rap scene, with ‘The End of the Beginning’ managing to climb to number 42 on the album charts in 2015.
As he approaches The Different Cloth Part II Tour, Skrapz is primed to be more successful than ever. The UK rap sound that he’s been involved in for almost a decade is now at the biggest its ever been; it’s attracting worldwide attention, and its creators no longer need to pander to making traditional radio hits in order to enjoy success.
The streets have always supported Skrapz, assisting his independent debut album ‘The End of the Beginning’ in its climb to number 42 on the album charts in 2015, as it blared from cars all over the capital, but the stakes have changed in the past two years. With way more focus on UK Rap than ever before, and the Ice City Boys representative’s peers charting in the top ten with equally uncompromising albums, he’s filled with a new fire as he approaches his second album with a brand new team behind him.
His graduation from the choreographed covers of school talent shows would come as a teenager, upon discovering So Solid Crew via pirate radio station Delight FM. Until that point Skrapz been looking up to Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records crew, but the Britishness of So Solid made the rap star lifestyle feel within reach.
As “Skrapsta” – the nickname he’d earned from fighting at school – he’d join the now legendary SLK crew at a time when grime was yet to be given a name, but being its youngest member would often be overshadowed by the older MCs such as Flirta D and Van Damage. His time with SLK would be his musical education; sneaking out at night to perform at raves that he wasn’t old enough to be in, jumping fences to spit bars on pirate stations like Freeze FM, and even sharing sets with the genre’s Godfather, Wiley.
The scene was still niche, and he cites Joe Black, Giggs and Blade Brown as early influences. He noticed that the rappers from South London were leading the scene by circulating mixtapes, and in an interview with Beat2Beatz to follow up his freestyle he found himself announcing that he had a mixtape of his own on the way. “I didn’t mean it,” he laughs. “But because the video had done well, people started asking where the mixtape was.” He decided to answer the demand by recording his debut mixtape ‘Skrapz Is Back’. “My name started popping, people was hearing about me,” he remembers. “I started making my second mixtape, ‘Shutdown Season’, and in the process of that I went inside.”
With the demand for new music, he wrote ‘Skrapz is Back PT 2’ behind bars, recording the tracks during his days out. Upon his release, Skrapz put his finishing touches on the tape, which would be his most successful, and followed a few months later with ’80’s Baby’, which featured the leftover verses he’d written in prison over his favourite old school instrumentals. “I didn’t know I was doing anything special,” he admits. “But when I look at it now, there’s no UK artists that released tapes back to back like that. It worked well for me because people could see the work and they appreciated it. That elevated my career, and then the only step from there was an album.”
On his new album, Skrapz is also focused more carefully on the message that he’s delivering to his listeners. Without preaching to his audience, he hopes that his stories will inspire self-belief in his younger fans, reminding them that any goal is achievable if they set their mind to it, and set an example to listeners closer to his age. “My generation needs to start putting our money into things like starting our own businesses,” he says. “Just applying our energy into meaningful things, instead of wasting all this time. If you believe in something, then make it happen.”