Simba and Jae P - gig review
Playing a support slot for grime star Wiley was the perfect opportunity for these two Scottish-based rappers to showcase themselves, and that’s just what we got – not so much a full and fulfilling set from each, more a little taster of what each can do.
On a mission to prove – as the Edinburgh-based Simba pointed out later – that there’s a grime scene outwith London, Jae P kicked off with a fiery set. Wearing a cardboard ‘Unsigned and Hungry’ sign around his neck, the Ghanaian/English MC eulogised the streets of Glasgow (his current hometown) on ‘You Don’t Even Know My Name’ and merged the memorable ‘Wonderful Dream’ into a Trainspotting-referencing burst of Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’.
Simba himself seemed to have earned a place higher up the bill by being played on 1Xtra, but both artists have a naturally ebullient nature and a clutch of sharply-observed, lyrical tracks. Their best moment was the pair’s collaboration on ‘Who We Are’ at the end of Simba’s set, leading to thoughts that a double-act could be one way forward. (David Pollock)