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.
Joker Starr and King Kashmere reform as Gawd Status once again to deliver their latest video. Messiah Hybrids is lifted from the duo’s upcoming Firmamentum LP and features some precision cuts from fellow UK legend, Jazz T. The album is set for release on 30 August on Tru Thoughts.
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.
Two legends unite on the latest release from Village Live. Micall Parknsun and Mr Thing, both hugely respected in their own right, first blessed us with a single in 2017 and have now combined their ample talents to bring us a whole album. The aptly titled Finish What We Started is produced entirely by Mr Thing, with Parky on mic duties. He is joined by some familiar names, with Konny Kon, Melanin 9, Joker Starr & Essa fka Yungun all blessing the album with verses. The album went up for pre-order last night and there is a promo mix from Mr Thing which you can listen to below. Continue reading “Micall Parknsun & Mr Thing: Finish What We Started (Promo Mix)”
Joker Starr dropped off a new joint this week, which sees him linking up with producer Point 5 (Navigate) again. Seems to be a decent combo. You can stream 6 Million Dollaz below. Continue reading “Joker Starr: 6 Million Dollaz”
Fresh from Flukebeat Music comes the latest video from Joker Starr. She’s Looking At Him is produced by Micall Parknsun.
This tasty little collab between Joker Starr and London producer .5 – aka Navigate – appeared yesterday and very good it is too. Only a one-off at the moment, but be good to see what would happen if they did a whole project together. You can stream Spy Da Man below. Continue reading “Joker Starr: Spy Da Man”
It was only a few days ago I posted the audio from Joker Starr’s new joint with Apatight. Well now he is back with the official video for Nesut Biti, which was directed by JC Media. You can cop a download over at the Flukebeat Bandcamp.