KRYPTIK (UK)

Kryptik (UK).From an early age, Kryptik has always been within spitting distance from the stage. Graffiti and Beatboxing were his “gateway drugs” and he was immediately sharing mics with local legends, (all while under the legal age of entry to the clubs he was performing in).

In 2006, he started producing Breakbeat, DNB and Techno but quickly realised that he could only teach himself so far. He then went on to study Sound Engineering and started DJ’ing the Glasgow club circuit, and ran several Drum n Bass & Hardcore events. Without funding, he was unable to continue these events and began focussing on his rap career in 2011, and within his first year, he secured a slot in Australia at the Solar Eclipse Festival.

In 2015 he released his debut solo album, ‘Necessary Evil’. This caught the ear of Disorda from Suspect Packages, who featured many of the tracks on his shows. This pivotal point acted as a catalyst and he rapidly began accruing a name for himself within the UKHH scene.He then went on to form ‘Delivery Room’ and for their debut show, were touted to support The Four Owls in Exeter. With their notoriously energetic live sets and infectious hooks, this lead to repeat bookings, performing alongside the likes of Skinnyman, Ocean Wisdom, Dirty Dike, Dabbla and even The Sugarhill Gang to name a few.

He was nominated for a SAMA in 2019 and in 2020, took the title for ‘Scottish HipHop Track of the Year’ on North Highland Radio for his track, ‘Found The Love’. In 2021, this track seen it’s national debut on BBC Introducing in Scotland and since then, his name has become a regular occurrence on radio stations and playlists up and down the country. He then went on to scoop ‘BBC Track of the Week’, SAMA’s ‘Top 10 July Round Up’ and narrowly missed ‘Scottish Hiphop Track of the Year’, (for the second year running), with a collaborative track called ‘Trojan’, featuring Conscious Route and UKHH heavyweight producer, Chemo. This attention secured even more shows; rubbing shoulders with international names, such as RA The Ruggedman, Fly Anakin, Marlowe, Pan Amsterdam & Damu the Fudgemonk.

2022 has been a strong year for Kryptik, making national press with his track, ‘Ayahuasca’, detailing his trip into the Costa Rican mountains with a shaman. He then released ‘Demons’ which made the SAMA’s ‘April Top 10 Round Up’; ’Step Up’, which won Resonate ’Artist of the Week’ and even caught the ear of Public Enemy’s Chuck D, who played it on his radio station, ’Rap Station 365’. His latest track, ’Sinner’ has seen support from BBC Introducing; who hailed it as his best work to date, and again made national press. In October, he flew out to ’New Skool Rules’ (NL) alongside PITCH Scotland, where he was showcasing Scottish Rap to the world.

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