Glasgow's clubs are home to a multitude of sounds; from techno to grime, house to hip hop, there’s a night to cater for almost everyone. This Friday, Glasgow’s Southern rap crew will definitely be on one as local producer, Inkke, invites DJ Halloween and The Blessings to throw down at the Art School on a night dedicated to low-slung beats, rumbling sub-bass and pitched down vocals.
As a reaction to East and West Coast rap, the Southern sound (rooted in cities like Memphis, Houston and Atlanta), peaked in the early to mid 2000s, with artists like Three 6 Mafia, Young Jeezy and Ludacris igniting the mainstream, while cuts from Mike Jones, Slim Thug and Crime Mob kept the underground hot. Today, you’re most likely to hear Lil Wayne and Rick Ross representing, arguably two of the biggest MCs to emerge from the south.
Back in the Weige, your host for night, Inkke, is an established producer in his own right, releasing on the likes of Astral Black and Local Action, while receiving regular support from Rinse FM and LuckyMe. With a musical knowledge which rivals his stateside peers, we asked him to select five of his favourite Southern rap tunes as a Friday night taster, and this is what he pinged back:
PROJECT PAT – DAT DRANK
2ND FAMILY – FAMILY THANG
DJ PAUL & LORD INFAMOUS – 1,000 BLUNTS
KOOPSTA KNICCA – ROBBERS
FRAYSER CLICK – FUCK YOU HOES
Inkke presents F.W.D.K – A Night of Southern Rap with DJ Halloween and The Blessings this Friday at the Art School. Reduced tickets are available in advance from the Art School website or on the door. The first 50 to arrive will receive a Memphis Rap tape mixed by Inkke.