UK-based hip-hop collective The High Breed make their return to the scene with new single “Forgiveness”, their first release of 2021. The track showcases the collective’s unique hip-hop style, effortlessly blending conscious, relatable lyricism with hypnotic, trap-infused production alongside cinematic visuals that will no doubt captivate the audience. Having gained traction with a string of releases last year, such as “Star Dwellers” and “Meet the Gods”, and receiving support from BBC Introducing, the independent DIY collective are set to continue their momentum with this latest release.
“Forgiveness” starts with an organ-inspired synth that instantly connects you to the song’s biblical theme, with the rolling drums and piercing hi-hats giving the song the punch it needs to deliver its weighty philosophical message. Speaking more on the track, The High Breed say, “‘Forgiveness’ is an honest dialogue about what forgiveness truly means to the individual who has done wrong in a world full of self-denial. It is an expression and an acceptance of the ‘shadow self’, a vulnerable confession about the darker nature of our humanity and a poetic discourse on the morality of the human soul, highlighting the battle between virtue and temptation that no person throughout any age has ever been free from.”
Driving in their own lane, The High Breed are a much-welcomed addition to the conscious hip-hop scene and are clearly a force to be reckoned with both lyrically and visually. And with much more to come this year from the rising collective, The High Breed will surely be an act to watch out for. “Forgiveness” is available to buy/stream now on all platforms.
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The High Breed are an alternative hip-hop collective from Bristol, consisting of MCs The Medicine Man and The Seer and producer The Bkeeper. Their style effortlessly merges the luminescence of futuristic lyricism with hypnotic instrumentation. Naming Bristol bands Massive Attack and Portishead as inspirations, their music is dynamic and pays homage to the Bristol trip-hop era but with a modern edge, incorporating rolling trap drums and psychedelic synths with innovative execution. Using a diverse range of vocal patterns to deliver abstract wordplay that paints a vivid picture that’s colourful and imaginative, they offer up something uniquely enriching. They name US hip-hop collectives/duos The Roots, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest and Dead Prez as some of their other inspirations alongside UK rappers such as Roots Manuva and Jehst.
The High Breed’s musical beginnings trace back to being introduced to music through their parents’ soul, jazz and reggae records as children, before becoming avid music lovers in their teens, listening mostly to hip-hop and R&B. They began making their own music at college and experimented with different sounds, starting out with old school boom bap and then honing in on their own sound in the synths and faster tempos. But the message behind the music has always been the most important thing. The Medicine Man says, “When I first started making music, I also started getting into philosophy and spirituality, so the two really merged. That’s why there’s always a deeper meaning in our songs.” The High Breed’s new single, “Forgiveness”, is out now on all platforms.