When it was first announced that King Kashmere and Joker Starr – two highly respected and established artists within UK hip hop – were joining forces to form GAWD Status, my interest was undoubtedly piqued. But I was not expecting it to reach the experimental, psychedelic heights it did. Firmamentum earned them a lot of much deserved critical praise from far and wide, including from the good people at BBC 6 Music. Not long ago, Joker Starr and King Kash announced they were doing a Q&A session on their Instagram stories, to which I jokingly replied that I might try to turn the opportunity into an interview. I say jokingly, but I had been speaking to Kash about doing an interview for ages and so when they both replied telling me to go for it, I couldn’t resist. So what follows is the result of a casual back and forth via Instagram DMs, over the last week or so. We discuss the old days, the 6 Music angle and how GAWD Status came to be, among other things. Their album is also available to stream at the end. Continue reading “GAWD Status: Interview”
More psychedelically charged raps from GAWD Status, as they release their latest video. Admiral Byrd is taken from their debut project, Firmamentum, which saw its release last year and earned them a lot of critical praise in the process. This particular track is named after a famed US naval explorer, who was rumoured to have flown into the Hollow Earth – a theory which attempts to cast doubt on current scientific beliefs regarding the Earth’s structure – during a particularly infamous Arctic expedition. The track itself goes into those theories in more detail, thanks to Joker Starr’s conspiracy fuelled bars. The track also features cuts from the legend that is Jazz T. The video was made by Pietro Biasia. Firmamentum is out now on Tru Thoughts.
Continuing the theme of strong link-ups, today also sees the release of the debut project from Gawd Status. A debut it may well be but this is not Gawd Status’s first musical journey, as in their individual forms, King Kashmere and Joker Starr have long been major presences on the UK rap landscape. Firmamentum is a psychedelic joy on the ears, boasting a heavy guestlist, including features from Big Cakes, Micall Parknsun and Anyway Tha God. You might also recognise the cover art as being a brainchild of the man behind Strange U’s album artwork, Matt Littler. Firmamentum is available now via Tru Thoughts and you can stream it in full below.
Heavy Metal and The Alchemist are the first tasters from a new collaboration between two UK stalwarts, as King Kashmere and Joker Starr combine their respective talents to form Gawd Status. For this project, the Strange U inhabitant has stepped away from the booth and is handling full production, while Joker Starr maintains his ever-solid grasp on the mic. The vocal feature comes from Fae Simon. The full LP, Firmamentum, is due for release on 30 August via Tru Thoughts.