At tmrw we like to frame each print volume around a certain subject or point of interest. It gives us something to focus our content on and allows the tmrw team to voice fresh ideas, opinions and concepts. This issue is no different and our subject matter this month is ‘Introspection & Observation’. At this time of year it would’ve been easy for us to just look back at 2018 or look forward to 2019 with loose compliments or praise but in true tmrw fashion we wanted to delve deeper into the thought provoking events that have caught our attention.
In a time of sub-genres, genre crossovers and YouTube stars, we forget there once was a simpler time: A time when rappers just rapped, and singers just sung.
As a teen growing up in New York during the mid-late ’80s, Ms Lauryn Hill lived through the first wave of female emancipation in hip-hop. Shattering the normative expectations of what a female should be like, avant-gardists such as Roxanne Shanté, collective Salt-n-Pepa and Queen Latifah were rhyming their blunted out realities, laying their claims for those willing to listen, declaring they should and that they could have equal footing as their male counterparts.
In less than 18 months, the 22-year-old, went on from the gigging in relative anonymity, to sell a whopping 60,000 headline show tickets, amassing more than 250 million plays for his 9 released tracks. He is one of the three UK artists shortlisted for the 2019 BRITs Critics’ Choice award.
Refined everyday wear, with a touch of the unexpected. Minimalistic clothing brand, ARHTO is here to stay. London Pop-up store is now open.
British musician Alexander Kotz, professionally known as Elderbrook, began his career as a musician in 2015 with the release of his first EP. He gained fame when one of his tracks “How Many Times” went on to be remixed by German duo Andhim, which then went on to become one of Mixmag’s best songs of 2015.
At 18 years old, Koffee is spreading her positivity from Jamaica to the world. Three singles in, and already co-signed by Chronixx and Protoje, Koffee is making a name for herself in 2019.
Rayman presents himself as an enigmatic artist; ever so slightly prickly and suspicious, if not actively disdainful of the lure of fame. He also sounds great.
Hailing from south-east London, young rapper/ producer Romzy has talent and maturity that is beyond his years. Dappling in drill, trap, dancehall, grime, hip-hop and Afro Bashment- this rising talent emulates his influences of Stormzy, Giggs, Not3s and J Hus within his current music.