Kid Acne is back and, you guessed it, riding the ‘CREST OF A WAVE’, teaming with producer Spectacular Diagnostics (Westside Gunn, Vic Spencer, Conway the Machine, Nolan the Ninja) and Nosaj of alt-rap heroes New Kingdom for a soundclash out of God’s Own County. In no uncertain terms, Eddy Fresh is “done with the L plates, done with the chump change”.
Ahead of his fourth studio album ‘HAVE A WORD’, featuring Juga-Naut and Juice Aleem, Kid Acne’s ‘CREST…’ run represents something of a reunion, having been part of Lex’s ‘LEXOLIUM’ series back in 2001, and 2007’s Lex LP ‘ROMANCE AIN’T DEAD’ being celebrated as “an injection of stoopid Steel City freshness”. An instantly distinctive back catalogue of DIY, post-Millennium hip-hop, has gone from pouring ‘COUNCIL POP’ to leading the charge of ‘ATTACK THE MONOLITH’ as part of the cult Mongrels (“thrillingly they reinvigorate crunchy old school boom bap” – Mojo). The Yorkshire cunning, speak your clout and dedication to hip-hop’s essence has run parallel with his stalwart status within the international Street Art movement.
His works decorating the globe, Kid Acne has painted large-scale murals across continents and exhibited extensively over the past two decades. The new album ties in with his latest solo exhibition, also called ‘HAVE A WORD’, hosted by S1 Artspace of Sheffield throughout September. “Having made art and music in various guises over the years, these seemingly disparate elements have generally occupied unrelated spaces in my studio practice, despite both being an equal driving force in my creative output. The aim of the exhibition is to connect the dots through the exploration of lyrics and lettering, utilising limited resources and a more DIY mindset”.
Listen to ‘CREST OF A WAVE’ here
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