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It's A Rap
A few issues back, Plan B’s guitarist Adam Jordan enthused about the current Irish urban scene. We can’t say we were surprised – there’s no denying the genre continues to go from strength to strength… Here’s a brief summary of what’s happening at the moment.
Maeve Heslin, 02 Oct 2012
Fellow Dubliner Shola ‘ShoBiz’ Quadri has just unleashed his debut mixtape Better Late Than Never. Born in Nigeria, the rapper moved to Ireland at the age of 12, where he promptly began making music. Citing varying musical influences like Fela Kuti, Gorillaz, Nas and Björk, ShoBiz slices and dices tracks by The xx and The Avalanches on his mixtape, which he gave away for free. He’s also well able to take care of the business side of things, having just finished up a marketing degree in Dublin Business School. “I’m trying to mix my academia with music”, he explains. “You have to pick up the phone, go to venues, network. It’s challenging, but a challenge I’m willing to take on.” The rapper aims to merge different genres on his forthcoming EP, rather than stick strictly to hip hop. “On one track, I use a sample based on Fella Kuti, who defined Afro Beats using jazz, blues and rock,” he explains. “If you listen to that song, it’s not hip hop at all. The reaction at live shows has been really good though.” ShoBiz plans to release the EP early next year, though for now his focus is on getting his name out there.“Between now and then, I want to push my current material and release newer tracks. And get some airplay. I won’t stop ‘til everyone hears my voice!”