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CHAMPIONED PHENOM TRUEMENDOUS TAG TEAMS HIP-HOP LEGEND SKINNYMAN FOR THEIR NEW UNAPOLOGETIC SINGLE ‘YOURSELF OR THE WORLD’

An artist whose intricate pen game and all-round genius is never up for dispute; Midland’s born lyricist TrueMendous has returned with her latest single, ‘Yourself Or The World?’ with assistance from UK Hip-Hop icon Skinnyman, via the renowned and widely reputable label, High Focus Records.  
 
STREAM/DOWNLOAD: TRUEMENDOUS FEAT. SKINNYMAN  – YOURSELF OR THE WORLD? 
 
Amidst the Tik-Tok viral sensations and mainstream gimmicks are artists whose careers are underpinned with the up-most quality and vigilance, TrueMendous being one. Gearing up for the release of her highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Great. On Purpose’, the London-based wordsmith has drafted no other than Skinnyman to ignite a ferocious storm. Housing a lavish production courtesy of Illinformed, ‘Yourself Or The World?’ delivers a slice of conscious heaven that’s peppered with a slew of boast-worthy punchlines and bars, “On tie dye cushions with 5 hipsters / Bizarre fights and a blurred night followed by 5 solicitors / Reserved flights, pending while birds sigh, trending on world sites / Then get Ray Charles to testify as all of our eye witnesses”, she raps. Exploring various narratives surrounding hardships, this track uncovers the unfortunate realities of life, betrayal, undervalue, toxic family dynamics and general lack of acceptance from the perspective of a misunderstood child being the ‘golden child’ to one parent and a ‘problem child’ to the other. As the track evolves, she passes the baton onto Skinnyman who grabs the beat by the horns and delivers a monumental verse flipping the song 180 degrees ending it on: upliftment, achieving higher self-consciousness and inspiring the younger generation. The duo manoeuvre simultaneously throughout the track whilst the visual highlights the pairs unpredictable antics across the country.  
 
TrueMendous reveals that though the question being asked during the hook of the song ‘Do you do this for yourself or the world? Should you really lose your health for the world? can generally be applied to a vast range of scenarios. She specifically wrote it while ‘deciding whether the world is worth losing your sanity or compromising your mental health for. In order to ‘fit in’ should one dumb down the complexity and range of their work? No. Art is subjective and isn’t meant to be approved or understood by everyone.’    
 
WATCH: TRUEMENDOUS FEAT. SKINNYMAN – YOURSELF OR THE WORLD? 

Gaining previous support from Notion, Equate, The Line of Best Fit, Wordplay Magazine, New Wave Magazine, BBC 1Xtra, KISS FM, Charlie Sloth, GRM Daily, BBC Radio, and more, ‘Yourself Or The World?’ follows up from the September releases ‘Really Wanna Love’ and Still Don’t Wanna’ (visuals here). Over the past couple of years TrueMendous has gained huge momentum and acknowledgement from pioneers in the game including Wretch 32. Not one to shy away from experimentation, TrueMendous is reputable for effortlessly fusing various genres into one. Closing out what’s already been a successful year from performing at the likes of Boomtown, Nozstock, Champs Libres (France), alongside opening for The Four Owls and Slum Village. Not to mention being handpicked to take part in Canadian legend Stan Douglas’s ‘2011 ± 1848’ project with its overseas debut release in the legendary and highly acclaimed ‘La Biennale Di Venezia 2022’ 59th International art exhibition in Venice, Italy. TrueMendous also appeared in various music events for the Commonwealth Cultural Festival one of which being Beyond the Bricks of Brum, which is available to watch on BBC iPlayer and is a part of BBC Fours ‘Inside Classical’ series – TrueMendous and High Focus Records are ready to showcase her latest body of work! 

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