London-born rapper Ocean Wisdom, named the “future of UK Hip-Hop” by Complex Magazine, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since he dropped his debut track ‘Walkin’’ in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has released three sensational albums, collaborating with Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Dizzee Rascal.
Those of us attending his show at the Lemmy on Sunday 17 November will see “Wizzy” showcasing his new mixtape Big Talk Vol. 1 – the first release on his own record label. This mixtape sees Ocean exhibit his own sound, having moved from a Hip-Hop based record deal into a more grime-influenced, 808-ridden sound with features from some of the figureheads in the grime scene. Standing in his own lane, it’s difficult to find other rappers who can tackle the wicked flows and incredibly quick rhyme structure which places him in a world of his own when it comes to lyrical offerings.
Having performed at festivals as huge as Boomtown, somewhere like the Lemon Grove may provide a more intimate setting for the rapper to platform his new stuff.
– Immi Burnett