Hip hop

Norwich-based rapper COLL is known to blur genre lines as he regularly showcases his energetic and motivation delivery atop eclectic beats. An innovative self-starter, COLL taught himself how to write, produce and engineer his music. COLL credits his family and their do-it-yourself ethos for this unwavering drive and determination that has earned the rapper endorsement from BBC Introducing and stage-time at Sundown and Latitude Festivals, as well as a support slot with duo Everyone You Know in his hometown. Since 2019, COLL has been releasing new music on a monthly basis to his steadily growing online following. His recent efforts during the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 lockdown have garnered him over 20,000 streams, and over 100,000 views across his social media platforms. Inspired by the likes of Outkast and Eric B. & Rakim, storytelling is at the heart of COLL’s music, which can motivate, humble and reassure. The latest offering from the EastAnglian artist is his gritty and confident freestyle track ‘4am in Norwich’, whilst the rapper’s forthcoming release – ‘Rockstar ’– is a bouncy anthem that cooly embraces reggaeton, afrobeats and contemporary rap. The pulsing instrumental is driven by a vibe-inducing piano sample that chimes beneath COLL’s swaggered delivery as he effortlessly slings witty punchlines between erupting snares. ‘Rockstar’ is a brief, life-giving reprieve from the severity of modern times. COLL is gearing up to release his second EP, which is set to spotlight emerging talent from the United Kingdom and the United States.