Three rising stars of Irish hip-hop

Posted 3 weeks ago in Music Features

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To coincide with our interview with Jafaris this month, Dean Van Nguyen takes a brief look at three rising stars of Irish hip-hop.

7th Obi

Released last year, the Waterford rapper’s debut album Taxi Club hasn’t received one-tenth of the attention it deserves.

Produced entirely by LHK, Taxi Club is a lurid set of sinister keys, rattling drums, and 7th Obi’s hazy, autotune-drenched vocals.


This ex-punk musician’s pivot towards rap saw him nail down a jazzy, slow-burning aesthetic on last year’s strong October Year EP.

Recently released single Just My Luck, though, has seen the Dubliner work in more melodic R&B influences too.


Completely out of step with anything else out there right now, Why-Axis blazes a madcap sound build on tweaked-out electronics, strange melodies and tweaked-out vocal croons that sit somewhere between rapping and singing.

Words: Dean Van Nguyen

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