Released on 7th September, ‘Crown’ channels elements of grime and hip hop into a booming cinematic commentary on the ethics of the British empire, the relevance of the monarchy and existing hegemonies of our time.
Rapper and one-half of the rising artist/producer duo, K Mensah recalls “The idea for the track was conceived upon hearing the news that Wiley had been awarded an MBE which he accepted…it got me thinking what does it actually stand for and who are the real kings and queens of our modern day society?”
Ominous, claustrophobic and on the front foot from the off, ‘Crown’ simmers with psychotic energy as Pete.H’s whirring, skittering production of beats, bass and unnerving synths, underpin rapper Mensah’s cryptic opening salvo. The accompanying video compliments the track with a stark monochrome aesthetic, Mensah upfront, Pete.H in the shadows, with biblical references and projected images of street protests and historical figureheads adding weight to the message. As the track progresses it rises to its name then drops into a wide-screen chorus of sub-bass and brass, with haunting choral synths offering siren-calls to the establishment. The production feels like the soundtrack to a revolution and conjures the kind of atmosphere Hans Zimmer would be proud of.