Autumn has arrived and festival season is a distant memory... Or is it? First Fifty is here to save us from the doom and gloom.
Let us introduce you to Kofi Stone, the wordsmith with an appreciation for golden age hip hop.
East London born, Birmingham raised Kofi Stone is a rapper on the rise.
Kofi’s laidback delivery belies some substantial lyrical content touching a range of crucial topics from family structures to the repetitive state of rap culture. Whatever he tackles, his work with producers like Jake Milliner and fellow Brummie Joe Corfield has shaped a timeless sound that merges the best of ’90s hip hop with golden cuts from mid-century jazz.
Having been inspired to take up rap by the Nas’ record Illmatic aged only 11; Birmingham’s Kofi Stone is now undoubtedly one of the UK’s most promising rap stars. Cutting his teeth in school-yard rap battles, Kofi has now released three killer singles – Same Old, Rodney Place and Talk About Us. With DJs such as Semtex, Twin B and Tiffany Calver firmly in his corner, it is evident he’s one to watch for 2019.
A sold out headline London show in May, followed by the announcement of two headline shows in Birmingham and London in October, alongside a BBC Introducing slot at Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer, further reaffirms his status as an up-and-coming star.
With a debut project expected for the end of summer, Kofi Stone’s stock is bound to keep on rising. This is someone you don’t want to take your eyes off.
Where can I see him live?
Catch Kofi Stone playing live at the following dates:
17 October 2019 – Camden Assembly, London
21 October 2019 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Get tickets for upcoming Kofi Stone shows at ticketweb.uk