Despite London being hailed as the ‘home of grime’, MCs and producers from outside the capital are moving in close to steal the crown and it seems that Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield are the cities that everyone has their eyes on.
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 and be counted 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.’
The track sees Shinobi spitting bars over a merky Sticky Blood instrumental that draws on the early days of grime, made up of a racing backline and jerking synth fuelled beat. Shinobi’s confident bars match his effortless delivery and LDizz slaps down an energetic verse that collides with Shinobi’s, resulting in you screw facing and head bopping along. The video, shot in black and white, is set against a city backdrop, matching the back-to-basics, raw vibe of the track. Expect to hear more from Shinobi over what is going to be a great year for grime in the Steel City.
SHINOBI || LIKE I DO FT. LDIZZ
Official Links: Twitter: @Shinobidan || @LDizz_