Hailing from Hastings but based out of Brighton, UK hip-hop artist Scizzahz is one half of O.S.B’z with Wizard, and also part of Genius Squad alongside Vecks, Herbie Dragons, 184, Enlish and Conflix. With a fair few releases to his name, Big Scizz has been putting in the work consistently for years — both as a producer and an emcee. In the process, he’s collaborated with such high-profile UK luminaries as Dr Syntax, Sonnyjim and Beat Butcha; however that being so, you can’t help but feel it’s high time he garnered greater recognition as a solo artist in the UK hip-hop scene given his ubiquitous influence and stellar work ethic.
‘Workaholic’ is the first single off his soon-to-be-released album ‘I Still Work Harder’ which is due to be Scizzahz’ fourth solo studio album release. The album is entirely self-produced and self-mastered, and features guest spots from Dr Syntax, Sonnyjim, Joey G-Zus, Adam The Rapper, TC as well as voice-over commentary from the venerated Gary Martin (credited among other things as being the voice of The Honey Monster). The album promises to explore a more introspective side to the otherwise blithe and comedic Scizzahz you’ve all seen in Don’t Flop battles, with the single ‘Workaholic’ being a clear statement of his everlasting ambition to make it big in the game despite many years spent in relative underground obscurity.
The main thing about Scizzahz that I think appeals to fans of his is that he doesn’t take himself overly seriously, plus the fact he brings on an every-man aesthetic to his battles and his music whilst still proving to be a genuine hardcore hip-hop enthusiast. His direct, straight-forward approach to rhyming also works well and makes him relatable — plus he’s got some swagger, but isn’t over the top with it.
Be sure to keep tabs on this dude and to cop his album as soon as it’s released.
O.S.B’z Bandcamp: http://osbz.bandcamp.com/
Genius Squad Bandcamp: http://geniussquad.bandcamp.com/