Posts Tagged ‘opium’

Opium – freestyle

September 10, 2010

Our first foray into film.

Big look. Big up Opium!

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Opium – Opium (CD RELEASE 27th September 2010)

September 7, 2010

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Hailed by Wiley as a ‘don’ and held in equally high regard by many of the UK’s best urban acts (including Skepta and Tinchy) Opium is ready to step up as the UK’s next Grime star. His self-titled debut mixtape ‘Opium’ is an impassioned exploration of Grime – both lyrically and musically – and features production from Wiley, DJ Target (1xtra & Roll Deep), Chucka and Z Dot.

Released digitally on the 27th September through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, Opium has delivered more depth and clarity with his debut than most artists can manage in a fistful of albums. Having learned his craft under the tutelage of Grime veterans Wiley and Godsgift he has steadily established his own sound and approach.

His ‘stream-of-consciousness’ lyricism breaks from the typical ego-driven MC fodder currently abundant in the scene, and is complimented on the album by consistently futuristic production.

‘My Dream’ sets the lunar tone, with mellow synths washing over Opium’s thoughtful verse. Emphatic title track ‘Opium’ is a version of the Wiley space-stomper and ‘Empire’ is the glossy lead single in which he muses over his legacy and future.

Being of Turkish descent and having lived in Munich for a number of years, Opium subtly expresses his own cultural experiences through music. The mixtape cover cleverly conceals his nations’ flag within world of his own making. As ‘My Dream’ says, it’s time to “scrap everything old and start feeling new.”

Opium ‘Opium’ is released digitally on 27th September via iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Big up Threefold’s Dre for the artwork, and myself for the words. 😛

Kristian

Rinse – 28.02.2010 – DJ Karnage & JJ feat. Opium, OG’z & Drifter

March 1, 2010

As you may have gathered by now, Opium is a close mate and client of ours. On Sunday he appeared on Rinse, for one of what will undoubtedly be a multiude of radio appearances this year.

Download the set here.

Kristian

Opium – Out Of This World E.P. Free Download!!

February 24, 2010

Here we proudly present Opium’s debut E.P. Out Of This World for free download! Design work by Threefold Media. Watch out for his forthcoming, full-length mixtape (also designed by us) available later this year.

Big up Opiumtree!

“Opium is a visionary MC whose music pays no regard to industry stereotype or genre. Yet, in terms of style and delivery, he remains positively Grime.

Hailing from East London, Opium is a mere 19 years old and yet, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Grime – people such as Wiley, Godsgift and Dot Rotten.

It was under Wiley’s tutelage that Opium forged his style – a rapid delivery of Grime lyrics brimming with imagery and turn of phrase. Indeed, Opium’s style is often reminiscent of Wiley around the Tunnel Vision era.

With Opium preparing to release his debut mixtape later this year – mixed exclusively by MSM Engineer – Grime fans can be sure that real Grime music is going nowhere. A new breed of MC, shaped by the foundation, Opium is certainly one to watch.

To prove it, he has put together a small EP of tracks available for free download! Called the ‘Out of This World EP’, expect esoteric lyrics, wicked delivery and hard riddims.”

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