Friday, 8 July 2016

Artist Profile: Lowkey (Hip Hop / Rap)


SOURCE: Facebook

Lowkey is a Poet, Playwright, Political Activist and award winning Hip Hop Artist of mixed British and Arab descent who has received airplay on numerous major radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Kiss FM, Choice FM and BBC 1Xtra and toured internationally performing to crowds everywhere from Glastonbury and Trafalgar Square to Germany and Amsterdam.

He first made his name at the age of 17, attending the open mic sessions which took place at the infamous Deal Real record shop on Carnaby Street, Central London in 2003. The first time he went, another MC by the name of Loki, who had previously been a regular at the weekly open mic, confronted him and they battled for use of the name. Lowkey was named the winner by the audience and other MC's present.

He has been garnering a large fan base and much critical acclaim since the release of his Key to the Game mix CD series and won the awards for Best Newcomer 2005 at the Lyric Pad Hip Hop Awards and in Undercover Magazine. Logic and Lowkey are co-founders of non profit organization The Peoples Army, started in Brixton, South London. He took part in the NSPCC's "Don't Hide It" campaign in 2007, recording an exclusive track and appearing on Choice FM to talk about the project.

News has also leaked about a supergroup band project named Mongrel. The band includes members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers. Lowkey is also a member of rap group Poisonous Poets and international network Catch 22 started by New York ledgend Kool G Rap. Catch 22 includes Immortal Technique, DJ Skully, Nino Bless, and Stylah. Lowkey entered the Sunrise Poetry Slam at the Big Chill Festival 2008 and was named the winner defeating 15 other poets.

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