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General News / April 7, 2017

The 10 best Colors Berlin hip hop sessions so far

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General News / April 7, 2017

The 10 best Colors Berlin hip hop sessions so far

If you’re not familiar with Colors yet, it’s time to get involved.

 

It’s a simple concept. Colors bring some of the most discerning artists around, with no strict genres, to Berlin to perform live in a room.

They’ve featured R&B artists, singer/songwriters and more, however it’s hip hop in the colourful room that has really captured our imagination. There’s nothing ‘different’ about the performances, however there’s something in the format that draws you in, leaving you clicking through their YouTube page for hours on end.

We’ve compiled a list of ten of our favourite hip hop performances on the channel. We recommend exploring the rest when you’re done with this list.


A2

A few months ago we played ‘X2 (Dble)’ on our Dublin Digital Radio residency and since then it’s been hard not to notice A2 popping up everywhere.

We saw him perform the track in February for Colors, and then we caught him on support for Stormzy in The Olympia. We’re looking forward to seeing where the rest of 2017 takes the UK artist.

Kirk Knight

Kirk Knight is the production mastermind behind many of the tracks released by Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era collective. In recent years though, he picked up the mic himself.

We caught up with him in November of last year to talk about his disdain for social media and how it often leads to depression. Check out his Colors session below.

808INK

808INK is one of the new crop of artists to come out of the UK that are pushing the boundaries of hip hop.

The production follows no rules and neither does his flow. Watch below.

Night Lovell

We featured Night Lovell’s album ‘Red Teenage Melody‘ in our top 100 albums of 2016 list, so when we saw he had entered the Colors room we were very excited.

Watch him perform the eerily lazy ‘Boy Red’ from the record below.

Mykki Blanco

We went into a mild frenzy in District HQ when Body&Soul confirmed Mykki Blanco would be coming back to Ireland to perform at the festival in June.

He produced one of the best albums of 2016 in our eyes, and his Colors show is as beautifully strange as ever.

Devlin

UK mainstay Devlin brought a needed dose of grime to the Colors studio.

Hard as nails stuff as usual from the East Londoner.

Allan Kingdom

Minnesota vocal magician Allan Kingdom has followed up his high-profile appearance on Flume’s Grammy winning album his new album ‘Lines’. It’s the the third album in his catalogue following up last year’s ‘Northern Lights’.

The album features Denzel Curry, Kevin Abstract and more, and we can also confirm we have a full feature with Kingdom in District Magazine Issue 002.

Father

Atlanta-born rapper Father steps into the Colors studio for his ultra-catchy lullaby ‘Heartthrob’, which is almost like a continuation of the original video for the track.

Check out the Awful Records label boss below.

Bishop Nehru

The ‘Nehruvian Doom’ project with MF Doom propelled young hip hop artist Bishop Nehru into the consciousness of rap fans in 2014.

He stepped teamed up with Colors back in October on the back of his ‘MAGIC:19’ mixtape.

Oddisee

One of the newest sessions, but one of the strongest already.

The Washington DC rapper and producer brought his full band to Berlin for this special performance.