COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
Whizzy’s Cov Kid Mixtape
I have watched Whizzy’s career from day one. His music has matured from back then of course, but even in those days his talent shone through and here is the album that proves that Whizzy is one of Coventry’s finest rap artist.
This Cov Kid Mix Tape is ‘in your face’ – this is Whizzy talking about his world, sometimes dark, sometimes bleak but always real with voice and music working perfectly together. ‘Cov Kid Freestyle’ kicks it all off in powerful stylee. He never forgets his roots – indeed, in the track ‘Gremz Interlude’ yours truly gets a name check and that makes me very proud.
‘Heartless’ is a killer of a track – definitely a single contender, perfectly structured perfectly produced. It’s hard to pick a favourite as each track delivers, though ‘Love is Blind’ and ‘Real Ones’ (featuring Has x Rayhaan) work perfectly.
I asked Whizzy how it felt to release such an important album?
“ I feel like it’s the right time as I’ve had a successful year as I went viral this summer with my Tiktok dance called Whizzy Bop – that’s accumulated nearly 3million and reached the iTunes Charts top 200 and the hip hop charts top 10.
“I also performed at numerous festivals for the City of Culture such as Terry Hall Home Sessions and Godiva as to me, they were the biggest ones I could do this year so I thought why not release this mixtape.
“It’s the right time and I’ve worked hard on it, telling my story and everything I’ve had to deal with the past couple of years, overcoming many obstacles on the way.
This mixtape is very important to me as I speak on a lot of life experiences and I feel it’s the right time with the right music showing my versatility in many genres showing different flows and different styles of music.
“I feel as an artist I’ve become much better as now I’m 22 and I’ve been doing music for eight years.
“I feel like this project here shows me as a person and shows my personality more – it felt good to get my friends on there – Rayhaan, Has and Ky as they have been a massive part of my journey.”
So why now?
“I feel as now I’m at my best I’m in the studio every week, freestyle writing listening to over 100 instrumentals a day music really has become my life.
“I’ve recorded non-stop for the past 10 months, working on song after song and at the end of it all I sat down and picked 16 songs that represent me as a person and represent me as an artist.
“I just hope everyone enjoys it as much as me. I’ve mentioned Coventry a lot as it’s my hometown and as such, a small city, it doesn’t get recognition it’s deserved for urban music.”
This album is an important release for Coventry – it’s the culmination of a true artist who has been working endlessly on his sounds for many years, finally coming of age musically, no more chasing dreams, here it is, please support this exciting Cov artist.
2-Tone The Sound of Coventry
It was an honour to be invited to the premiere of the new BBC’s 2-Tone documentary ‘2-Tone The Sound of Coventry’.
No doubt you all caught it on BBC1 last Thursday – for me it’s a great documentary, it had a great rhythm with just the right amount of information, a bit like 2-Tone itself. It tells the story without going off at a tangent to try and include everything, like some documentaries do.
But all the salient facts are there and so is the Coventry Music Museum and the 2-Tone Village, and it looks so good on screen.
Most people loved it according to my social media, but some lamented the lack of new interviews with some of the other 2-Tone stars.
It will get its national airing on BBC2 probably in December and is available here on the BBC iPlayer.