Monday, 7 September 2009
Hardknock is a monthly night put on by Goldielocks. It showcases up and coming and established acts from the UK Grime and Hip Hop scene. If you've ever been to the night then you'd know there's strictly good vibes and great music from top artists and top Djs.
"It’s a party for cool people who don’t know they are cool" - Goldielocks
So when I found out a compilation CD of the night was going to be released I was pretty excited and eager to hear what was in store. I got my copy on Thursday and have to admit I have listened to it repeatedly since then. It's seventeen tracks long and features artists like Afrikan Boy, Tinie Tempah and Nasty Jack to name but a few.
If you're a Grime fan then you will definitely like this compilation. It does have the odd electro influenced track but other than that it is a predominantly grime CD.
Personally, I think the CD is six or seven tracks too long but having said that there are some bright sparks on this compilation. Tracks like 'bout hardknock' by Illaman and Kashmir Kid, also 'Im hot' by Tinie Tempah ft M.I.A are definite bangers. Their flows on both tracks and lyrical content are so on point. The production is tight too. Head nodders for sure.
Hardknock - Family Values is a worthy purchase. It's only a fiver, so support the UK scene and definitely support what Goldielocks is doing. She's making moves.