Edinburgh-based Conscious Route teams up with Paisley’s own Kryptik to present his latest single ‘Trojan‘ produced by legendary UK Hip Hop producer Forest DLG (aka Chemo/Telemachus) who serves up a slice of 5-star Boom Bap for Conscious Route and Kryptik to go back-to-back, bar-for-bar. The MCs display great chemistry and mic presence with the added bonus of an immensely catchy hook as we see the pair unapologetically take aim at critics and naysayers.
The track provides a scathing response with some extremely clever wordplay to hit back at one particular internet publications poor assessment of Conscious Route’s diverse ‘Lost Routes’ album:
‘The problem with Lost Routes is that there is little variation between the songs. True Note’s beats are slick and entertaining, but a bit samey. Yes, Conscious Route’s vocals sound awesome. His flow isn’t at the speed of Ocean Wisdom and the lyrically imagery he creates is clever, but after a few tracks it all starts to merge into one.‘
The video is filmed by Andrew Mackenzie.
Conscious Route is a 42-year-old rapper, MC, poet and singer/songwriter who was born in London before moving to Edinburgh over a decade ago. He has been very active on the live scene, having been heavily involved in the Kelburn Festival for over five years as both a performer and host and has supported touring acts such as – Abdominal, Akala, Normanton Street, Hector Bizerk, Dabbla and Dead Prez.
In 2020 he returned to the studio for his ‘Lost Routes‘ album, alongside producer True Note. The album was released to a 4-star review in The Scotsman and picked out for a ‘track of the week’ on BBC Introducing Scotland, while 5 of the album’s tracks were named among Scotland’s top 100 tunes in The Herald last year.
Kryptik’s journey into Hip-Hop began in 2002 with graffiti and beatboxing before moving into production in 2006 and by 2015 he had released his debut album, ‘Necessary Evil‘. He is the founding member of the ‘Delivery Room‘ crew and has supported acts up and down the country including – Dirty Dike, Ocean Wisdom, Dabbla, Skinnyman and most recently The Sugarhill Gang.
In 2019 he was nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award and in 2020, took the title for Scottish HipHop Track of the Year on North Highland Radio for his track ‘Found The Love‘. This track also saw its national debut in January, on BBC Introducing in Scotland leading to a repeat appearance the following week with another track called ‘Burnout‘.
Conscious Route looks set to continue delivering homegrown Hip-Hop to make you think throughout 2021…
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0dwSUP6MqNbir29eIHfOYM
- Bandcamp: https://kryptikriddimz.bandcamp.com/
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- Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kryptikriddimz