In barely a year, 21-year-old rising Birmingham rapper RK has racked up millions of YouTube streams and established himself as one of the UK’s brightest new rap hopes. His breakout track ‘Brum Town Baby’, made it impossible to go out in the city he calls home without being hassled for selfies. Heavyweight support swiftly followed from the likes of BBCR1Xtra’s Kenny Allstar, Charlie Sloth, Tim Westwood and DJ Target. UK rapper Mist – a Brum Town Baby himself – was also quick to back this serious new talent.
With his debut full-length project dropping this summer, RK comes through with his highly-anticipated new track ‘Running’. With a lilting, tropical instrumental courtesy of Tomek Zyl, RK delivers his trademark hard flows, documenting his rising position in a significantly competitive UK rap scene. It’s well deserved. The visuals are similarly tropical, seeing RK flexing in a foreign villa with his team and a pool full of independent females. Lilting enough to have crossover ambitions, RK’s facts-only bars ensure that ‘Running’ track stays cold in spite of the sunshine. Watch here
Inspired by his early love for artists like 50 Cent and Eminem, as well as fellow up-and-coming Birmingham peers Lotto Boyz and Mowgli, RK consolidates a steady series of fire freestyles and singles – including RM collaboration ‘Block Life’, which has already clocked 2m views – with a serious new track that will prick up ears across the UK. RK’s determined to put his city on the map, and with the kind of waves he’s making at the moment, sleep on this Birmingham rising star at your peril.