GUAP Party 5

Last week I attended GUAP Party 5 and it absolutely banged! To sum it up the party is an annual talent showcase put together by GUAP magazine which highlights up and coming artists in the UK urban scene. During the night they provided a platform for a variety of artists, ranging from R&B songstress Shaé to the mind boggling and enigmatic MC Master Peace and many more. This was all performed in front of a passionate crowd of young creatives and industry heads hoping to find the next gem in the underground scene, listening to the music with open ears and smiles on their faces. I was lucky enough to come across five such gems.

Shaé

The first gem I came across was Shaé, a soulful singer from North West London. She started her performance with a cover of Tink’s ‘Treat Me Like Somebody’, an ode from a heartbroken lover. Shaé’s velvet vocals are and inviting and really brings through that 90’s R&B vibe with the sultry number. She then went into ‘Black Panther (In Due Time)’, a neo-soul dream, all about empowering the black queens and kings of this world. Inspired by Black Panther, you could feel the song lifting the pride of everyone in the room as if we are Wakandan royalty [Ed note: Wakanda is a fictional place]. Feeling this shift in energy, Shaé turned up the Richter scale with the upbeat ‘No Stallin’, another soul-tinged arrangement, coupled with a poetic rap centered on being there for her love interest with no hesitation. She had the crowd swaying back and forth like the sharpest of milly rocks and ended her performance with an epic dutty whine, keeping in time with the thunderous applause of the crowd.

Tisrome

Next up we have Tisrome, an up and coming singer from South East London. Tisrome is a special specimen, he can give you that cuffing season R&B or come with a more grittier trap infused sound. He chooses to begin his performance with a cuffing season anthem in the shape of ‘Baddest Ting’. This cut is a wine and dine affair for the ladies and as I looked around I noticed that they were receptive. Knowing that he had the room, Tisrome electrifies the atmosphere by dropping ‘Lord Knows’, a bouncy and thumping trap ballad that sent vibes through the crowd and shook me to the core —no doubt it’s a certified hit— marking himself out as one to watch this year.

Dotty

As Tisrome floats off the stage, on glides Dotty, an artist who’s name has been lingering in the air for a while now. The south London rapper commences proceedings with ‘Back To Reality’, a track where he raps about the ups and downs of his life over a boom-bap beat fused with nostalgic R&B vocals. He then went from the thought-provoking to the hard-hitting trap heater in the form of ‘Bless’. The 8-bit beat is choppy and allows Dotty to spray a skippy flow over the minimalist production. This one has the crowd bouncing- me included.

Master Peace & YS Tekdinner

South London brothers Master Peace and YS Tekdinner came on ready to take over the world. The two swaggered out to ‘Double Up’, and backed by a seriously thumping bass, they skated over the beat like two figure skaters. The production is more on point than Frisco’s hairline and the two guide the crowd like the pied piper, spurring us on to mosh like mad men. Then Master Peace stepped out and did a complete and utter madness, retreating backstage before coming out in his boxers to perform his unreleased track ‘Want You Back’, howling the chorus ” I don’t really want you baaaack” in rockstar fashion. He then came into the middle of the mosh pit and sat down, waiting for the beat to drop before rising up and energizing the throng into pure mayhem. As the track ends he drops the mic, leaving as if it was all a dream. This is something I have never witnessed before.

Sam Wise

It would’ve taken something pretty special to Masterpeace’s performance, and Sam Wise did exactly that with a cherry on top. The south London rapper and member of House of Pharaohs (H.O.P) enters the dojo with ‘Do or Die’, an atmospheric banger which Sam utilises to captivate the crowd, and he sets the stage nicely to turn the place upside down. And turn the place upside down he did, bringing out his fellow H.O.P brother to perform ‘Oi!’. They rapped “make sure the weed makes noise” but the weed isn’t the only loud; the bass on ‘Oi’ is booming and inspired the audience to go wild. Sam Wise had all onlookers in the palm of his hand and then he let us go, finishing off with ‘Lizzie’. He surfed the smooth production with a flawless flow that sent the sea of people into a whirlpool mosh pit, and for this remarkable feat he receiveed the wheel up of the century. Sam Wise shelled it down that night, asserting himself as a top MC and a force to be reckoned with.

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June 15
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