Originating from Bow East London, this group have always been heavily involved in music. Previously referred to as Lil’ Rascals they released ‘Lil’ and ‘the launch vol.2’. Now the boys have matured into ‘Rascals’ with a recording and publishing deal with Universal, and have just released their EP ‘So High’ showcasing their new musical direction.
Influences of Soul and Hip-Hop provide the basis of their new signature sound. From the lyrical genius of ‘So High’ to the soulful and thought-provoking ‘War Outside’ and the dancehall inspired ‘Ring The Alarm’ feat Sizzla, the ‘So high’ EP marks the new sound of The Rascals.
We got a chance to sit down
How did the four of you meet?
Kay Willz: We grew up together, in E3, we were in a group called the Mucky Clubs
Big Shizz: Mucky Club was group of 20 guys from the area older’s and younger. The three of us took the rapping a bit more seriously than the others. We met Kay and brought him along, he brought the singing aspect to the group. From then we have just been working
Has the East end provided much influence on your music?
Kay Willz: Yes definitely. Being from the heart of grime, and seeing people like Dizzy Rascal, Wiley, Roll Deep and Tinchy, we saw them on another level.
Big Shizz: There was a culture that made us, we caught the culture at an early age, I have never felt gravitated to something before.
How would you describe your musical sound?
Kay Willz : Indie, Hip Hop, musical alternative, new sound
What do you think makes you guys different from the rest?
Big Shizz: Being ourselves, having a new sound that people around us appreciate, we are trying to take the music scene to a whole different level, cancelling the way people see us, as UK artist. We don’t want to be ticked in a box.
What is Class 90?
It’s our company, it’s our lifestyle, the year we were all born, we have hats and t-shirts. The first thing we done was put out a mix-tape called Class 90, it was only right.
What is the message behind ‘So high’?
Tempz: Being positive, having hurdles that you come across that tries to knock you down.
Kay Willz : In whatever situation you’re in, being positive is the outcome is being positive in whatever outcome it is.
Big Shizz: I’ll add that it’s about staying high, staying on top of things.
How did the collaboration with Sizzla come about?
Big Shizz: We were working on the album, and when the song came up we thought Sizzla would be the correct person to bring that vibe. We went to the label and suggested we wanted Sizzla on the track, but they were hesitant. With the help of management, Sizzla’s manager got in touch with us within four days and we were so grateful that he is on our track.
What can we expect from the rascals for the rest of the year?
Great music, enjoying ourselves. We had the release of So High EP June 15th and the album will be coming out later on in the year.
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