Newcastle’s first ever super group Top Boy Round Here team up with Nottingham emcee Switchblade to present their latest street single ‘Here We Go’.
Comprised of Silvar Laidlow, Dap Ceo, Toni Mari and Jay Rockwell, Top Boy Round Here have spent the past 12 months touring, recording and building a nationwide fan base, becoming a major force in the UK urban music scene in the process. Singer / emcee Silvar Laidlow initially made his name on the underground with the release of four critically acclaimed mixtapes, a transatlantic collaboration with US megastar The Game and performances alongside the likes of N-Dubz, Neyo, Chipmunk and Dizzee Rascal. His first taste of mainstream exposure came in 2010, when he touched the hearts of millions worldwide with his unforgettable performance of MAMA on Sky One’s Must Be The Music. Dap CEO has cut his teeth as an emcee in a hugely fruitful career spanning almost 7 years, with collaborations alongside the likes of Lil Wayne, Professor Green & Shola Ama, and countless MTV Base / Channel AKA play list honours under his belt. The group’s female member, Toni Mari, is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most talented up and coming vocalists, having an impressive live touring portfolio including performances alongside the likes of Tinchy Stryder and Roll Deep. She even beat fellow North East native Cheryl Cole in a professional singing competition, leaving no doubt that she is a star in the making. Completing the Top Boy Round Here entourage is DJ Jay Rockwell, who has spun records all over the world, playing sets for superstars such as Usher, Justin Timberlake and Mariah Carey, as well as touring with the likes of Kanye West, The Fugees & Outkast.
The group’s latest single, titled ‘Here We Go’, sees them collaborate with Switchblade (member of Nottingham based crew Landlordz and infamously known in the UK hip hop scene for his work alongside Giggs & SN1). Based around typically hefty production from Kimbo Hareez (D12, St Laz), the sure-to-be street anthem features composed, charismatic wordplay from the Top Boy collective and some seasoned hood lyricism from Switchblade. The single is accompanied by a cinematic visual courtesy of director Jamie Alderson, and marks the start of Top Boy Round Here’s new online video series TBTV, which will see them drop a new video at 6pm every Tuesday for the foreseeable future.
Top Boy Round Here are also currently adding the finishing touches to their forthcoming rap tape ‘The Blue Ribbon’, which is hosted by legendary mixtape / radio DJ Whoo Kid and due for release in May 2012, making this a massively exciting year for the fast rising collective.
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