In andPOP’s new column “Artist of the Week,” Victoria Abraham defines one artist you need to know about so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Rizzle Kicks, a Brighton duo with swagger to spare.
How many people do you know who’ve been friends since preschool? Well, meet Rizzle Kicks. The swanky British lads that make up this duo have been friends since the age of four. After losing touch, the boys were reunited at the age of 11 when they faced each other head-on in a football match. In fact, the “Kicks” in their name comes from a shared love of football.
Seconds into their tunes, this hip-hop pair from Brighton will have you tapping your foot and putting on all types of swagger. Perhaps they will even have you wishing you had a British accent. After all, everything does sound cooler with a bit of that British flair, mate.
Band mates: Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens and Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule.
Origins: Brighton, Britain
Known for: The barely twenty-something duo are making waves with their old school hip-hop sound.
Used in a sentence: “The Rizzle Kicks are a badass combination of old style hip-hop and rock, with just a touch of pop flavour to sweeten the mix.”
File Next To: De La Soul, Dream Warriors
Why now: They recently released their new video for “Traveller’s Chant,” from their debut album “Stereo Typical.”
At the BRIT School they both attended, Jordan studied media, while Harley studied theatre. That same school also produced artists such as Adele, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse.
After finishing college, Harley worked as an assistant drama teacher, while Jordan flipped burgers at the Corals Greyhound Stadium. They eventually formed Rizzle Kicks in 2008.
Their debut album Stereo Typical was released on Oct. 31, 2011 and was certified gold in two months later. Their second single “Down With the Trumpets” and third single, “When I Was a Youngster” both peaked on the UK charts at #8.
Classic tune: Down With the Trumpets