By Morgan Ofori
A rap collective are creating an natural buzz of their very own.
Robert Mavro, 30, from Pollards Hill, Mitcham and Kenneth Kittoe, additionally 30, from east London make up KXR.
The duo are quick turning into masters of stay efficiency, racking up exhibits on the 02 Academy (Islington), Brixton Jamm, in addition to headlining the “misplaced world present” on the Ritzy on Thursday nights.
They’ve racked up greater than 500,000 views and listens throughout Spotify, Apple music and YouTube. They’ve additionally been performed on Kiss FM and Reprezent. In addition to being co-signed by DJ Impolite Child.
Robert stated: “We’re two separate artists which have come collectively organically, and it’s meshed properly. We’re artists in our personal proper.”
“Nas was a giant affect for me, in addition to Methodology Man.”
He can’t go any additional with out recognising Peckham rap legend, Giggs.
“Merely put, he speaks South. Giggs put South on the map.”
Nonetheless, the duo agree that north of the river is the “Mecca” of UK rap.
Robert stated: “Kano all the time had mad flows, he had a thought course of to his artistry.
“Typically, again within the day it was a grime factor, saying as many issues as potential in that 140 bpm, after which listening to Wretch (Wretch 32) was mind-blowing.
“He confirmed you might use metaphors and put phrases collectively relatively than simply punchlines. He’s a poet.
“Chip is so comfy together with his supply and talks effortlessly right into a mic.
“All of that combined into how we formed ourselves as artists.”
The group opened up on the challenges of finishing sleeper-hit album Liver Fulla Wray, which was recorded in 2019 and completed within the midst of the Covid pandemic in 2020.
He stated: Eighty per cent of the album was achieved after which lockdown occurred. Covid introduced a lot uncertainty, no one knew what was going to occur. It was unpredictable.
“This album involved issues we have been experiencing stay. We needed to get the entire tape wrapped up throughout lockdown and we did that.”
Liver Fulla Wray touches on relationships, alcohol-fuelled choices that influence them and shows a vulnerability that not many males of their mid to late 20s are open to share.
Robert stated: “Yak and Hooked are good examples of this. Extraordinarily catchy and seemingly surface-level get together tunes however exhibit navigation of life points in equal measure.
“We don’t put a restrict on what we are able to do within the studio, we’re all the time evolving however the music mirrors that.
“We’re multi-faceted, we speak in regards to the world and morality, however we’re not one-paced.
“Music is there for the night time out, however is equally there for reflection, songs like 100 and VSOP support our listeners on this.
“We will solely narrate our lives and points that have an effect on us and that appears to resonate with others.”
So, what subsequent for KXR and what can we stay up for?
Robert stated: “We wish to headline XOYO this yr. Exhibits are our favorite factor about making music. We conduct the get together and the group provides vitality.
“We would like issues to occur organically, and we now have a number of visuals which are set to be launched.
“We’ve got a tune on the best way referred to as Truman Present, which we’re enthusiastic about. Anybody that has watched the movie will love how this tune was made.”
Liver Fulla Wray is on the market for streaming on Spotify, YouTube, and Apple music.