At twenty-two years old, MIKE’s age can be deceiving. He is an integral figure in birthing a new sound and style of hip hop that has gained wide influence since it first broke in underground circles in 2017, and MIKE’s music itself carries the insight, pain, and fatigue that often comes with age and long life lived.
Born in New Jersey, MIKE moved to London with his mother before settling in The Bronx for the remainder of his later teenage years. Both regions have had an audible influence on the young rapper’s music – in England he was immersed in grime and the music of King Krule, and in the United States he was turned on to Earl Sweatshirt and MF DOOM. In New York, MIKE connected with several artists who had a similar ear and style, and formed a collective called [sLUms].
Since then, MIKE has released a string of Mixtapes and albums to critical acclaim, and has now announced his latest LP, Disco!, which sees him combine his new style of production with his top tier songwriting and delivery. The result is MIKE’s most engaging and interesting body of work to date, as he continues to evolve the style of rap that he pioneered.
Tickets £14.50 +bf
CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST