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Manga Saint Hilare – Good Over Evil

It has taken a while for Manga to really establish himself, despite being an affiliate of the legendary Roll Deep crew, having working relationships with the likes of Wiley and DJ Target, it has been his own persistence that has helped align his style with a developing fanbase. His Outbursts From The Outskirts project steadily helped shine that light brighter, gaining the attentions of peers also, as he looks prevail further. With a new found focus and a few headline shows under his belt, he returns with the balance in Good Over Evil..

“anytime I win..we do, I swear on my life I’m working hard..so one day my mum don’t need to..”

It’s fair to say that he has found his lane, as the scene has evolved, so did the sound, and with a larger audience, less rules, more freedom for individuality means someone who carried the torch for maintaining substance and expanding the content of Grime itself, Manga can flex his lyricism and storytelling to greater heights. That’s exactly what Good Over Evil brings you, produced by Drae Da Skimask, with it’s traditional Grime beat, cushioned with the vocal sample and strings, it allows the MC to skip over the beat with his introspective tales. His flow not only commands the track but acts like an instrument, as he skips on beat, added with the content (which is is important to him), along with the comfortability he has found within himself, allowing him to flow freely and deliver with more assertiveness. Also it’s authenticity, as he speaks on normality, providing a more realistic take on society, rather than an exaggerated theme thats become common today.

Though OFTO is still doing numbers, this new track leads towards a potential new project on the horizons, and at a time where other styles and sounds are under question, the positive element of artistry that Manga brings to Grime is certainly welcomed.


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Manga Saint Hilaire – My One/God Save The Queens

Riding high off the critically acclaimed Outbursts From The Outskirts, Manga drops the visuals for the female empowering My One/God Save The Queens

The success of his project was not just based on sound and style, but concept too, delivering a dominant Grime project that showcased the evolution, not short of substance, and this record is an example of just that. Paying homage to the queens, it’s very rare to get such a song, especially on such a tempo, it’s not exactly what comes to mind when you think Grime (but that’s why he deserves the praise), far removed from the derogatory stances we’ve been accustomed to, it’s a more positive and praising outlook. Acknowledging the strength and inner beauty of the woman, and crowning them as such. The video is a cool representation of just that, down to the inclusion of snapchats of a variety of ages, ethnicities, shapes and sizes, especially with Goldie’s hilarious (but true) outro, you’re all queens!



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XX17 Spotify Playlist

With us closer to the end of the year, I’ve curated another playlist, this time a selection of some of the best and underrated Hip-Hop, Grime, Alternative and R&B tracks of the year, thus far. The playlist hosts American, British and French tracks, that varies in tempo and style, featuring the likes of Giggs, PartyNextDoor, Post Malone, Wale, Sampha, Toro Y Moi & many more..

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Manga St Hilaire – Shell ft. Grim Sickers

Following the abstract visuals for Young, Manga releases the video for the Grim Sickers featured, Shell

“Make the ting pop like it’s tryna chart..”

More of a performance based visual, it’s simplicity in shots with the addition of animation on top, somewhat compliment much like the track itself, with it’s lyrical content being the standout, anything more might distract from that, and so with a couple decent aesthetic shots, director Saoud Khalaf is able to bring the track to life without overdoing it, and more importantly, utilising the location and weather, with some decent editing to give us a clear, crisp visual overall.

Big up Manga, continuing to deliver to his fans, and check out his recent and received, Outbursts From The Outskirts EP

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Manga St Hilaire – Young ft. Jammz

The official video for the personal, Young, taken from his recent Outbursts From The Outskirts project

Like the album, the visuals represent an artistic approach, providing a narrative with the lyrics really being the focal point.

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Manga St Hilaire – Outbursts From The Outskirts


The reluctant Adventurer returns with a defining project, not just shaping the sound but the direction from here on.

First of all, shout out to Mikill Pane, I guess I’ve been sleeping on his craft, as he sums up the theme of the EP within this poetic display.

“I go home and start Thinking Out Loud..on some Ed Sheeran shit..”

With the Intro, titled En Dehors, French for ‘Outside’, also musically referring to a melody/line that needs to stand out, I’m already unravelling layers.

Outsiderism, it’s Manga on a mission, skipping over the beat effortlessly, with his self-belief at an all time high, “They call man a vet, and the youngers show respect, all because I earned it”. It’s towards the end where as you’re locked in to his flow, he brushes the canvas with nostalgia, as he takes it back, with the aggression in the flow. A little reminder if you were unaware of the levels. “Hol’tight Stryder, hol’tight the Ruff Sqwad”, the little edit at the end, further accentuating the classic Grime feel.

“Hol’tight Master Steps though!”

Never Been, plays on the biographical stance that this EP seems to project, it’s an assured level of self-confidence, bold and braggadocios but honest and witty, that’s been Manga from the get go. “Dem man are Jpegs..just silent stills”, it’s the third track in, and you can already appreciate the effort. I’m here wondering how he is SO overlooked, but can argue that him making it seem so effortless doesn’t help,“Nang then, I’m still nang now, ten years in and I’m firing still. Still, cah dem man know..it’s never been dat, humble yout, I ain’t never been gas..”. Leading to the standout single from the project, Different Pattern, it’s definitely Manga in his element, “No joke man, they can’t take man for meme”, sure the track is boasted with the big boy features of JME & President T, but that further proves his status, as he holds his own amongst them, not to mention a surprise verse from the tempo specialist, Mercston.

“I can see why they hatin’, cah I got the sauce, she got the juice..we hydrated”

My One/God Save The Queens, another example of Manga’s versatility, able to deliver Grime with substance. This ode to the one and our queens with no conformity to the sound or style fits perfectly within the project. Not many have been able to tackle the subject, let alone to this standard. It’s definitely important and required in today’s times, where our queens are often subjected to negativity.

“Fuck these skets, God save the Queens..”

I’m quite impressed with this project, I was expecting a follow up to his Reluctant Adventurer, but not to his degree, Manga’s evolution is beyond music, he’s taking lead, as track 6 shows, the first of the Outburst series, showcasing the young talent, Izzie Gibbs.

Today, most projects would have ended by now, but we’re listening to one of Grime’s unsung heroes, overshadowed by the ‘greaze’, his ability was often playing second to appearance, but then it was being judged by I guess what we could call competition, there has to be something to be a part of the legendary Roll Deep crew. Those that know, are well aware that Manga was ahead of the curve, and as someone who believes in the universe’s timing, this EP proves that notion. Manga maintains the consistency, “all right hair..like cassie in her prime”, he spits on Far Away. I have to praise producer Lewi B, who has assisted the versatility with these beats, and I would like to think is as underrated when it comes to “top boy” producers within our scene.

A journey of an EP thus far, you begin to hear the depth of the project, with the Grim Seekers featured, ‘Shell’, and it’s infectious hook, to the structure of the project, the Outburst series, next one up (Track 9), introducing to many, Nottingham’s Snowy. This Outburst series is like a project within the project, and while it shows Manga’s growth into a leader in this ting, there’s aspects of visionary and pioneer glimmering through. The more introspective Outburst holds the EP together as if a diamond being fitted within a diamond, it’s quality, innovative and that scale of creativity has been scarce in Grime of late, if ever present in the first place. Before you can even digest, you’re back to ‘vibezing’ to Never Invited and Slew, both which help elaborate Manga’s position, connecting the ol’ skool with the new, featuring Flowdan with Novelist, and P Money and Jamakabi, not to be taken for granted, as few can pull off such riddims.

I want to find a negative or a criticism in Outbursts From The Outskirts, but there really isn’t. The only thing I can say is that the quality of the project, I would love to have heard the likes of Rival, AJ Tracey and Wiley (for example), and possibly they would have helped garnered the adequate attention, but I’m hopeful for the follow up. Very few projects hold weight from the start to finish, and as you’re enjoying ‘Young’, featuring up and comer Jammz, you realise this does just that, not long before it fades out and the Outburst beat returns, to hear one of Manga’s most open verses, as he spits his truth, the authenticity has always been present, “I had to learn to let things go, can’t help the things that weren’t meant for me, I can’t spend my time looking back, ‘cos I miss things that I’m yet to see..”, but this time there’s and air of vulnerability that touches the soul.

“To anybody feels that they’re unheard, to everyone that feels they ain’t seen, don’t let your big heart get disheartened, don’t ever discard your dreams. To all my overlooked outsiders, all dem talented Kings and Queens, don’t let the fact that you were once lost makes you scared to take the lead, believe.”

There’s no need for me to say anything after that, Manga’s ability has been undeniable, but with such a new found energy and hunger, he connects with the listener beyond any trend or phase, and can only improve on this evolution and continue to progress further.

[If you’re looking to show support, or just know what’s cool, you can purchase the official merch, click on the image below and dat.]


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Little Dee – Once In A Blue

South London emcee Little Dee is back in a big way with his new effort ‘Once In A Blue’.

Two tracks which I think show how far he has come since his feature on Wiley – My Mistakes are Electric Love and Once In A Blue.

Electric Love ft. Wiley:

Electric Love, which samples The Dream – Falsetto, lays the rose petals down for Little Dee to get lyrically romantic, the verses are the best part of the song, heavy weight feature with Wiley on the hook, however the chorus could be better, still it helps the verses stand out, over all this is a good track from Little Dee who appears to improve every time I hear him.

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Once In A Blue:

I like this a lot, Little Dee has always been a good storyteller with his rhymes and Once In A Blue is proof, as he brings you into his life through his mind. The beat is a mellow instrumental that helps create a soulful atmosphere as Little Dee shares his emotion.

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Little Dee - Once In A Blue ..OUT NOW!!

Little Dee - Once In A Blue ..OUT NOW!!

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