If you've ever been kicked roundly in the guts by an Egyptian man in a trench coat, uttering French obscenities from the 1930s, then you'll love this band; if you've ever had to plead with the ghost of Yul Brynner to stop smoking crack in your doorway because the landlord's coming, then you'll love this band; if you know that to want to be Book, is not Book, then you'll love this band...
Queens English, winners of 'The peoples Music Awards' 2010, are a 5-strong banana bunch of trouble, remaking the world of Hip Hop in their own image. Banging at the gates of heavy entertainment, lean lyricists Sherlock and Leon Rhymes blend with the soulful tones of vocalist MC Source and the beatbox genius of Pikey Esquire (UK Beatbox 2006, 2010 & 2011 finalist), a package tied together by the stone-cold hands of disc-jockey-come-producer, Something Else.
With a style fused between the social conscious of groups like Non Phixion, IAM, Looptroop and the feel good vibes inspired by Saian Supa Crew, J5 & De La Soul - ‘QE’ aim to shift the current trend of insular UK production and become a credible link between the mainstream and the underground, showcasing to hungry audiences the best of what Hip Hop is capable of.
From the humble beginnings of rapping over stolen or otherwise plagiarised instrumentals, the South-East London crew originally met in 2003 while at Leeds University, performing at a night called Cowboy Tactics.
After graduation from Leeds Uni, the group underwent a metamorphosis, hooking up with the unwashed brilliance of Something Else and hyperactive nut-job, Pikey Esq. Finally our heroes found solace in London town, plying their musical trade to all who will hear.
‘EQ’, the first album released by QE, was a major step for production duo ‘The Crate Twins’ and a debut for the soulful female voice of MC Source, neither having appeared on QE’s short run EP ‘Mind The Rap’.
The last 6 years have seen QE progress to the international level, collaborating with Looptroop's Embee on the delightfully poppy 'Full Limit', to performing across the UK and Europe, at events as diverse as Secret Garden Party, Wychwood Festival, Cloud9, Beach Break Live, the inaugural Outlook festival in Croatia and Kosovo’s Freedom Festival as well as many regional circuits and a tour of Sweden.
Touring and gig veterans, QE have proved time and again that compromise is not an option, breaking out with their unparalleled live shows that have fans and promoters, the country over clamouring for more.
Don't take our word for it, here's what 'The Man' has been saying about QE:
“Genre-straddling excellence” - Time Out.
“If the Streets are the streets, then Queens English are the Royal Mile” - 4Music.
“Wonderful, Epic Tracks” - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6.
“Queens English have burst onto the scene like a breath of fresh air” - Knowledge Magazine.
Playing alongside fellow UK breakout artists such as Foreign Beggars, Gentlemans Dub Club, Magnetic Man, Chase and Status and The Correspondents, Queens English has found itself a niche in the educated new-wave of young people who refuse to be spoon-fed pre-packaged lifestyles and mediocre music. Their following grows exponentially with every live gig, and they are blessed with a dedicated core fan-base which lovingly stalks them across electoral boundaries.
Recently, Queens English launched their latest single, ‘New Balance’ to an over-capacity house at Shoreditch’s Favela Chic – the group filmed the promotional video in the sun-baked region of Spain’s Valencia, and various incarnations of its viral campaign have attracted hundreds of views in under a few short months.
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