Lowkey has announced his long awaited return with news that will be music to the ears of every hip hop fan in the land. After a hiatus which saw the Brit­ish-Iraqi hip hop artist take time off to focus on stud­ies and act­iv­ism, he blasts back into view with brand new music for 2019 – announ­cing a new album and first single from it.

Drop­ping a single each month in the lead up to the album release, the aptly named first effort ‘The Return Of Lowkey’ does what it says on the tin. The 7 minute epic is a true state­ment of intent, mark­ing a line in the sand where his next chapter begins, show­cas­ing his bars and craft as a lyr­ic­al social com­ment­at­or he is so famed for. It also fea­tures testi­mon­ies from AkalaCharlie Sloth and Ghetts in sup­port of his work. Speak­ing about the track he says:

“I am happy to be back mak­ing music again and am greatly look­ing for­ward to bring­ing this track on the road for the April tour. In a sense this song was a col­lab­or­at­ive effort between myself and the audi­ence at a Manchester gig. The vocals heard in the chor­us are a live record­ing taken from a sold out gig we did at the Gor­illa ven­ue in 2016.”

Early sup­port has come from Toddla T who premiered it on his Radio 1 show, whilst GRM Daily host the offi­cial music video. Fur­ther sup­port has come from Bobby Fric­tion who has already made it his Record Of The Week on BBC Asi­an Net­work. In recent weeks Lowkey has spoken at the Oxford Uni­on and has just announced a head­line show at The Roy­al Albert Hall with Lyrix Organix on 27th Feb­ru­ary – tick­ets and info here.

‘The Return Of Lowkey’ is taken from the highly anti­cip­ated album ‘Soundtrack To The Struggle 2’ which is out on his own label on 7th April 2019. The album acts as a sequel to his last offi­cial album, 2011’s highly acclaimed ‘Soundtrack To The Struggle’ which at the time BBC’s Charlie Slothdescribed as “the best album of the year, no prob­ably THE best album of the past few years peri­od!”

 High­lights from the album include ‘Ghosts of Gren­fell (feat Mai Khalil)’ and ‘Ahmed’, both of which act as bench­marks for the qual­ity of songs through­out the album. Offi­cial videos for such tracks have garnered mil­lions of views on You­Tube and Face­book with sup­port com­ing from Lilly AllenRus­sell BrandFrankie BoyleJME and many oth­er influ­en­tial fig­ures. ‘Ghosts Of Gren­fell’ song was fea­tured heav­ily on BBC Radio 4’s World At One where Lowkey has been inter­viewed sev­er­al times, whilst MP for Kens­ing­ton, Emma Dent Coad described him as a “poet laur­eate for Gren­fell Tower.”

Music­ally, per­haps best known for his two explos­ive and thought pro­vok­ing Fire In the Booth free­styles, his socially con­scious approach to hip hop sets him apart from most of his con­tem­por­ar­ies. Sit­ting in a space along­side long time col­lab­or­at­or Akala, Lowkey uses his music to chal­lenge the status quo and injustices both at home in Lon­don and world­wide.

 ‘Soundtrack To The Struggle 2’ album out 7th April

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.