25 Jul Jelani Blackman – More Than the Endz
Stereotypes go a long way in fulfilling people’s mainstream view of individuals. Picture this, born in Brixton, from Barbados, schooled in South London and living in North West. Mash that together with a degree in Music & Philosophy and a grade 8 on the saxophone, you’ll discover Jelani Blackman.
Tipped by DJ Annie Mac as the next Giggs(very much in the sense of musical depiction), the 27-year old sits outside your conventional means of UK rap, although early comparisons to the likes of Ghetts and the aforementioned would beg to differ. Easily identifiable by he’s bassy voice, he’s musical repertoire allows him to define himself as more than just a sub-product of a genre, “I make rap and R&B, which is what I always made it dips its toe into dancey music and soul, and some grimey stuff, but for me I was always a rapper that loved R&B.” Quoted from a interview earlier this year with Dummymag, a recurring theme throughout Jelani’s career has been patience.
With the release of he’s third EP ‘Lockjaw’ late 2018, his new single Brixton, puts on full display everything he’s about. He’s rnb ear influenced by the likes of Craig David and Usher, comes across in the soulful melodies embedded throughout the single. Coupled with raw emotion and grit, vividly detailing he’s roots within Brixton and what it stands for, for him.
Take a listen below.