Leading the way in the UK with his signature Kizomba sound, Kennington rapper Blanco is back with another smooth offering. Having first emerged back in 2015 as part of the famed drill collective Harlem Spartans, the 21 year old rapper has been quickly making his solo mark with a string of releases on Polydor that have amassed over 10m streams. Released on Friday (11 September), Anakin sees Blanco teaming up with Manchester’s very own beat-smith LiTek (Aitch, OFB, Mastermind) for a rhythmic and head-bopping production fused with piano elements and jazz-flecked horns. With his gritty bars and effortless flow taking on a reflective tone, Blanco takes a trip down memory lane around his childhood neighbourhood for a slick and authentic take. It was immediately added to streaming services new release programming (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer) after its video premiered on GRM Daily. Support for his music has come from across the board from artists, influencers and tastemakers like J Hus, Dave, Not3s, Jadon Sancho, Moise Kean, Rickie, Melvin & Charlie, DJ Semtex, Kenny Allstar, Tiffany Calver, Target, Robert Bruce, Tim Westwood, Complex, Trench, BRICK and many more. Primed to be the next big rapper to crossover to the mainstream, Blanco is one artist to keep a very close eye on in the future.
Label: Polydor Records
Radio: Amika Ezer, Polydor
Online: Oliver Hunter, Polydor
Press: Rebecca Muttu, Polydor
TV: Jessica Spaine, Polydor
Club: Alfred Afari, All Ears
Marketing: George Quann-Barnett, Polydor
Live: Max Lee, Earth Agency
Management: Ria, RG Music Management
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