Although London is being hailed as the "home of grime" MCs and producers from outside of the capital are moving closer to stealing the crown. Artists from Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, and Sheffield have their eyes on the crown and are ready to take it.
Shinobi, born and bred in Sheffield, and a veteran in the northern underground music scene, represents the Steel City and is the latest emcee to stand up with his brand new track "Like I Do."
Co-founder of A.O.K (All Out Krew) and also the online Sheffield based radio station UK Mondo, Shinobi is an exceptionally dedicated contributor to the scene. Recently celebrating success with the Sheffield hip-hop collective Clubs & Spades, made up of fellow MC Matic Mouth and producers Andy Nicholson and Jamie Shield, their track "Clearer Coast" was made Record of the Week by Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Record of the Day online and hit radio playlists throughout the UK.
Proving the extent to which he is a master of reinvention, Shinobi is venturing solo in his brand new release, "Like I Do", featuring upcoming Sheffield MC LDizz.
In the track, Shinobi spits bars over a merky Sticky Blood instrumental that takes listeners back to the early days of grime, where tracks were made up of a racing backline and jerking synth fueled beat. Shinobi's confident bars match effortlessly with his delivery. LDizz's energetic verse collides with Shinobi's, resulting in a head bobbing song.
The video is shot in black and white, set against a city backdrop to match the raw vibes of the track.
Expect to hear more from Shinobi over what is going to be a great year for grime in the Steel City.