Eastbourne has never been renowned for producing much in the way of Hip-Hop artists. Were you to travel 22 miles along the coast to neighbouring Brighton, you’d be inundated with clubs and pubs showcasing rhymers that pack a punch. Could this EP from young rapper Tay Devenny see all that about to change?
Tay first came to our attention with a track that was featured in an edition of our Showcase earlier this year and since then, we couldn’t wait for his debut EP to land in our inbox. ‘Scriptures’ is a five-track release that could see Tay revolutionise the way people view Eastbourne and Hip-Hop.
Tay has said that: “I wouldn’t say I’m like anyone else in Eastbourne when it comes to Hip-Hop because no else does it like me. It’s straight poetic UK rap with a strong US influence. My influences range from J Dilla & Pete Rock to Madlib and MF Doom.”
In little over 12 hours since its release, the EP has already built up a fair bit of online buzz and it’d seem more is on the way, with some calling it “Hip-Hop at its purest”. It’d be naive to say that this is a flawless release, but at only 17 years old, Tay’s flow sounds like that of a rap veteran and his music has a maturity and sense of cohesion that belittles the attempts of so many others.
Listen or download to ‘Scriptures’ by Tay Devenny on the player below.