Deadly Hunta appearing at One Drop, Edinburgh
Covering a broad church of complimentary styles, One Drop promise that you’ll hear reggae, dancehall, hip hop and more at their latest event. It’s a good thing, then, that their headliner is Brit MC Deadly Hunta, whose own CV is similarly wide-ranging.
Starting off playing sound systems in the mid-90s, his ears were truly opened to a fusion sound of reggae and rap when he visited Jamaica to record at the studios of famed reggae producer Bobby Digital. Snapped up by MCA at a young age, Hunta supported a variety of more experienced artists including Buju Banton, but this first flush of fame didn’t endure. Since then, however, he’s managed to keep a career going on the underground reggae and hip hop scenes, starting with the formation of his group Coalition towards the start of the last decade. Before they split, Hunta and his crew had supported Mad Professor and been championed by John Peel.
Almost a decade later, and he’s built a CV which most artists in his position would be hugely proud of. He’s supported Ice T and the Wu-Tang Clan, appeared at festivals as diverse as Lovebox, WOMAD and the BBC Electric Proms, and – more bizarrely – has seen his track ‘Talk Out Loud’ heavily rotated on Sky Sports Soccer AM show. A team-up with Skinnyman on the ‘Ballistic Affairs’ single, a drum & bass remix of his track ‘Mamma Mia’ by Photek and work in Asian styles with Zane all pile on the eclecticism. For One Drop, now with added resident MC Soom T, he’ll be a perfect fit.
One Drop at Studio 24, Edinburgh, Fri 2 Jul.