In front of family, friends and a fanbase that sold out Concorde 2 in a heartbeat, Ocean Wisdom races on to the stage with the same breathless energy and speed that he has become famous for. Someone who is now regarded as one of the fastest rappers in the world (his title recently taken by Harry Shotta), the pace with which he attacks the set tonight comes as no surprise. Aptly starting the Wizville tour in his home town of Brighton (surprisingly his first ever headline show here), he showed that he is far more than a one-trick pony and put on a consummate evening of hometown truths, epic beats and, most of all, great fun.
On the back of his top 40 album, Wizville, Brighton’s Ocean Wisdom has announced a new UK tour, which kicks off in his hometown. The High Focus rapper will be performing at Concorde 2, 1st May as the first date of a nationwide tour, with special guests promised.
“I can’t say too much right now but it’s due to be MAD, trust me,” says Ocean.
In the worlds of indie and rock, you see the same artists on the same front pages week after week and month after month – the same few headliners at the same festivals. In UK hip-hop, however, it is a different story. A dynamic and fluid scene with a seemingly unending procession of fresh and exciting talent emerging constantly from all over the country. Brighton can boast one of the brightest new rappers in Ocean Wisdom, and 2016’s Chaos 93’ announced him as a major player. When it was discovered that his rapping in his breakout track ‘Walkin’ was even faster than the mighty Eminem (4.45 words per second if you want to try and count), he was thrust into the global limelight as, “The fastest rapper in the world”. Wizville establishes him as not just the quickest, but potentially one of the best.
A lazy stereotype of Brighton’s music scene would be something like indoor buskers and student bands clad in vintage gear. However scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find Brighton’s music scene is rich and vast. Ocean Wisdom is a perfect example of this. The Brighton rapper has been going from strength to strength and received mass acclaim. His delivery is fast and hard and his lyrics expose real truths about living in the modern city. He is passionate, aggressive and sometimes comical. The Brighton Festival celebrates all aspects of the city’s creative scene and leaves no stone unturned in what it celebrates going on in and around Brighton. Ocean Wisdom is playing his biggest homecoming show to date at the Brighton Dome; headlining tonight, supported by fellow High Focus artists Four Owls and Jam Baxter.
Hometown performances are notoriously explosive and Ocean Wisdom made no exception in the tightly packed basement of Patterns. Bursting onto the scene in the spring of 2015 with the emphatic debut single ‘Walkin’’, this hype beast racked up over 1.5 million views and now he’s looking to make his mark in the industry with his recent debut album ‘Chaos ‘93’.
Born in Camden but residing on the south coast, Ocean Wisdom is one of Brighton’s most exciting emerging talents. Having been honing his craft for years he had his break when he dropped the Dirty Dike produced banger ‘Walkin’’ out of nowhere, which was followed up by the smash ‘Ewok’ a collaboration with producer Kidkanevil which ended up A-Listed on the BBC Radio 1Xtra playlist. Gigs issued and Ocean recorded his début album with impressive features from Foreign Beggers, Klashnekoff, The Four Owls, Lunar C, Jam Baxter, Edward Scissortounge and Remus, as well as the production from Dirty Dike – not bad for a début album! There is no doubt about Ocean’s hype and with his album (Chaos 93’) being released by High Focus Records on 22nd February, we met up with him to find out more.