Thursday 14th March 2013
The Four Owls haven’t really given anyone else a chance. Four of UK hip-hop’s biggest names have banded together, donned feathered masks, created bird-based aliases and taken the scene by the scruff of the neck with their fresh take on a classic formula.
Verb T, or Bird T as The Four Owls would have it, has been a key player in the game for well over a decade, a career that has seen his name pop up on mixtapes on both sides of the Atlantic, tour posters throughout Europe, the UK and the States, and on classic albums like ‘Bring It Back To Basics’, his 2006 release with Harry Love.
Leaf Dog (Deformed Wing) and BVA (Rusty Take-Off) are old cronies from the Three Amigos crew and have been kicking it since 2004. Leaf has evolved from simply spitting rhymes to producing well-crafted tracks, and has taken the wheel for names like Kool G Rap and Rass Kass.
Completing the crew is Fliptrix (Big Owl), who exploded onto the scene in 2007 with ‘Force Fed Imagery’. After gaining plays on BBC Radio 1Xtra and appearing at Outlook Festival in Croatia, Flip set up High Focus Records, a label which now sits at the forefront of the UK hip-hop scene.
While it is hard to imagine how this combination could yield anything other than stellar results, when the much-anticipated debut album ‘Nature’s Greatest Mystery’ finally dropped in December 2011, it created a storm that still hasn’t died down.
Greeted with universal praise and a hailstorm of glowing reviews, The Four Owls were catapulted straight to the heart of UK hip-hop and there they have stayed, pumping adrenaline back into the tired beast. And with the intelligent wordplay of the four rhymesayers sitting comfortably on top of Leaf Dog’s irresistible beats, there is nobody better qualified to administer the shot. Still going strong the Owls are descending on Nottingham when they come to Detonate, March 22nd.
Check out their top five tracks here:
Not Like Before
All My Life
Three Hits to the Dome
Words: Joe Ponting