No All Eyes On Hip Hop without an afterparty! This evening will be expertly closed by the ladies of SupAfly Collective, our long-time resident DJ Azer and Blck Mamba, known from her show at Studio Brussel! Expect lots of bangers, a ride down memory lane and the latest classics-to-be – party vibes, quoi!
And if that wasn’t enough, DVTCH NORRIS and Mars will host the evening in both venues.
ツ Central Cee ツ
Central Cee proves time and time again that he is one of Europe’s most exciting emerging artists. In 2020, he set the UK ablaze with “Loading”. His dynamic, drill-based sound, hitting lyrics and relentless flow make him a force to be reckoned with. His success easily continued until earlier this year, when he released a more traditional take on drill with ‘Pinging (6 Figures)’. ‘Commitment Issues’ in turn earned him a No.9 spot in the UK charts. His debut mixtape, ‘Wild West’, came out in March, and…. well, the streaming numbers speak for themselves. Cee is here to stay.
ツ Pa Salieu ツ
23-year-old Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu recently won BBC Music’s Sound of 2021, putting him on the map as one of the most sensational talents in the UK. His debut single ‘Frontline’ (2020) was the most played song on BBC Radio 1 Xtra. His Gambian roots can be heard in infectious tracks in which he turns hip-hop, grime, afro beats, and dancehall to his own ends. His sharp and razor-sharp lyrics quickly made him a leading light in contemporary hip-hop. Three years ago Pa Salieu was still recovering from a bullet in the head, today he is ready to play unforgettable live shows with his unique sound and energetic flows.
ツ Frenetik ツ
The hottest French-speaking hip-hop act of the moment straight from our capital! Frenetik came full into the Belgian and French spotlights with a series of hard hitting songs and a strong COLORS live session. In the beginning of this year he dropped his debut album, “Jeu de couleur”, on Epic Records. He has got a sinister rap style that he uses to talk about the Brussels that he grew up in. Will Frenetik be the new Damso? We’re pretty sure so, are you?
ツ L’Or du Commun ツ
Loxly, Primero and Swing, aka L’Or du Commun, have long been part of the best the Brussels hip-hop scene can offer. In 2019 they dropped their debut album, “SAPIENS”, and this year the follow-up with “Avant la nuit” followed in May. The last time they graced the stage of De Vooruit was as a warm-up for MF Doom (RIP) in 2014. Setting that same Vooruit ablaze is their next goal…
ツ Dreya Mac ツ
West London native Dreya Mac, who, as a dancer, saw the world with Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora, caused a stir with her debut single “Skippin” and her superb COLORS live session for “Time”. Her name resonated in the British hip-hop scene, she received full support from tastemakers such as BBC Radio celebrity Annie Mac and her reputation spread to the European mainland. Her first EP is coming, her first Belgian concert too!
ツ SPREEJ ツ
Since 2020, our very own SPREEJ is back on the Ghent scene. After years of radio silence, he released “LOSTBOYDEMIGOD”, a trip down memory lane, rougher and more real than anything we’ve ever heard from him. Two impressive EPs soon followed, one in collaboration with legend Lefto. Raw, grainy and leaving nothing to the imagination: the days when SPREEJ made concessions to his sound are far behind him. He comes back to claim his throne, confidently following the path he has taken.
ツ Ramzi & Friends ツ
Ramzi is no stranger to the Antwerp rapscene for a while, but in the beginning of this year he put himself on the map throughout Flandres with the single “Onbeschrijfelijk”, released on TopNotch with featurings of Zwangere Guy and Freddie Konings. And Ramzi doesn’t just come to De Vooruit on his own, he brings a whole bunch of friends!
ツ Albi X ツ
Albi X, straight outta Cologne, is one of the most intriguing new artists on the radar. In a mix of Lingala – the language from Kinshasa, Congo – French and English, he fights with words the many facets of racism and classism with which he is confronted in German daily life. Full of positivism and energy with an inclusive world view and motto ‘be your best version possible’, he transcends all boundaries in terms of style, genre and way in which he looks at life.
– 16 years ago (15 + 1 covid years) All Eyes On Hip Hop started as a small concert and party concept in a town in the north of Belgium. As soon as it moved to Ghent, our ambitions and brand grew quickly. From hosting a stage at Lokerse Feesten and Gent Jazz to curating the experimental festival OUT THE FRAME together with Arts Centre Voo?uit, we’ve done and loved it all.
The basic idea behind All Eyes On Hip Hop is to create a vibrant and inclusive vibe for everybody who loves hip-hop music in all its aspects and to unite people from all over Belgium and beyond. In order to broaden our audience, we collaborate with venues, festivals and organizations like Democrazy, Voo?uit, Ancienne Belgique, Trix, Vaartkapoen, Reflektor, Lokerse Feesten and Gent Jazz. In the future, AEOHH will continue and intensify its collaboration with different festivals and venues.
In the words of Red Bull Elektropedia (2017): “After a good 12 years filled with (more or less) 90 events, All Eyes On Hip Hop (AEOHH) is Belgium’s most consistent and defining party in its category. Hypes come and go, but no other event has been steady throughout the years, offering a place in the spotlights for the homegrown acts that deserve your attention, as well as the biggest names from the global theatre. It’s this solid formula – which started off in 2005 at Hoogstraten’s Cahier De Brouillon, expanding to Ghent in 2011 and landing in Brussels and Antwerp in the last two years – that made sure the Belgian hip-hop scene had a solid concept to rely on.”
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