Verena Stefanie Grotto
By Joseph "JP" Patterson
Artist Name: Piff Gang
Location: London, UK
Musical Style: New-aged UK hip-hop.
Skits, Don Silk, Phaze One, Skout, Super Dertie, Prince Bam, J Rells, Budgie, Crankz and DJ Motive make up the high-grade-loving members of new UK hip-hop act, Piff Gang. The group of friends had individually been making music for years before one day deciding to unite musical minds to form a movement currently being hailed as "the future of UK hip-hop."
Piff Gang’s American-influenced swag fits well with their laid-back UK state of mind, making them one of the most original crews in the underground circuit today. But are they happy with the comparison currently being thrown around? "I see where the Odd Future comparison comes from, but we don't really like it. We f---- with their music, though," Don Silk tells RapFix.
The hip-hop scene in the UK hasn’t seen anything like Piff Gang before. They’ve been successful in winning the hood and trendy types over all at the same damn time, something which is hard to do – unless you’re someone like A$AP Rocky, of course.
Speaking of the Harlem MC, it was very apparent that he was a fan of the crew when he visited London a few months back. "We didn’t get to perform with him, but we felt appreciated when he asked us to join him on the stage in Camden," says Don Silk. "We're all big fans of his music, so it’s ill that he messes with ours, too."
London-living is what Piff Gang represent to the fullest, and their g-funk, grime, West Coast and East Coast-influenced "Piff Breaks & 808s" mixtape was an impressive first introduction into their hazy world. This Week’s "UK Video Of The Week" comes from Piff Gang, with "Candy Cup." Don Silk’s bars matched with the psychedelic visuals have no doubt caused many to reach for their bags (and cups) of purple. Trippy!