Straight Outta Saskatchewan! Admittedly that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as N.W.A’s slogan, but, Queen City Stoopkids may be Canada’s answer to the legendary Compton crew.
Hailing from Regina Saskatchewan Canada, this fivesome are coming in hot with their tripped out, current Hip-Hop sound which we are glad to say, we will be partying to at The Great Escape next week. This exciting rap clique have just begun their promising career with the Bag Fries EP which excellently displays their relevance, youth and ability.
Let’s start off with one of their tracks shall we? “These Broads” (below) really draws you in with it’s endearing, nursery rhyme-like backing track and then turns into an absolute banger when the beat comes in. All the while the verses are tight, intricate and sound amazing on top of this busy track.
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There are clever pop culture references and outlandish allusions sprinkled throughout the lyrics. These involve everything from Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings and Spiderman to Of Mice and Men, NFL players, Snakes and Ladders and Megan Fox. This keeps the listener on their toes; in fact, one of the main features of their music is a lack of repetition and predictability. This is an invaluable asset in today’s rap realm.
I have taken the liberty of compiling an essential checklist that a rap collective needs to complete in order to be successful in today’s game: Let’s see how Queen City Stoopkids fare.
Diverse selection of tones and styles (✓)
Crew Chemistry (✓)
Creative Lyrics (✓)
Unique Beats and innovative music (✓)
They get full marks, I believe the music speaks for itself and their live performances showcase how well the Stoopkids bounce off one another. It’s really something to behold, their energy and love for the genre are plain for everyone to see.
“Swish” (below) is an introduction to the crew more than anything else, which is expertly performed in a relatively traditional fashion i.e. where each member of the crew confidently commands the mic and outlines the reasons why they are the greatest. It’s done using a dark tune and heavy attention grabbing transitions. Check out the video complete with trippy visuals to match the trippy music.
They give a crazy energetic and fun performance. The crew know they can get a reaction out of the crowd and embrace the funny light-hearted aspect of their songs. This can set the live shows apart from other rap crews and although there are relatively dark and heavy tunes showcased here, the live performance is up-beat and will have you bumping along merrily.“Catch the dream” is another great tune showcasing the crews obvious talent and notable flow.
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At this early stage in their development you get the sense that they could very successfully produce raw and complex Odd Future- esque tracks or go the other way in a more up-beat, party-over-here Tribe Called Quest direction. Either way, the ball is in their court and we are just happy we get to watch the game.
Queen City Stoopkids are playing The Great Escape in May. Tix available at www.ticketweb.co.uk/tge
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