High Focus Records has one aim – to resurrect the legacy of UK hip hop. Established in 2010, the label has offered a platform for a new generation of rappers and producers (including man of the moment, Rag 'n' Bone Man). For this special Brighton Festival show, the label presents three acts from its impressive roster.
Headlining the bill is the hottest name on every hip hop fans lips in the form of Ocean Wisdom. Brighton-based but born in Camden town Ocean has moved up the ranks over the last 12 months with his album chaos 93 dominating the scene last year and a feature on BBC 1xtra's 'fire in the booth' propelling him to even headier heights. Intricate flows, impressive wordplay and intelligent content is what to expect over a wide range of beats and tempos from this versatile vocalist.
Led by label founder Fliptrix, The Four Owls’ 2011 debut Nature’s Greatest Mystery went on to become an ambassador for UK hip hop around the world, a modern-day classic that encapsulated straight up-and-down rhythms, undiluted lyricism and conceptual brilliance. Who said UK hip hop was dead? Just look to the skies.
The bill is completed by Jam Baxter who has continued to prove himself as one of the most accomplished and outlandish hip hop lyricists, both as a solo artist and a member of Contact Play and Dead Players.
Brighton-based rapper Ocean Wisdom answered some quick-fire questions.