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With his eyes fixed on global domination (Highsnobiety), Manu Crooks’ impending reign is causing ripple effects through the world of Hip Hop.

Continuing his elevation to new heights, the African-Australian’s latest gem ‘Fuego’ made its UK radio premiere via DJ Target on BBC Radio 1Xtra . Immersed in an eclectic sound and seamlessly exploring musical territories, ‘Fuego’ is a hybrid of trap, saturated with Flamenco to its core. The track boasts a hypnotic vocal loop courtesy of Anfa Rose which delicately entwines through the acoustic guitar led instrumental whilst his “raw lyricism and seamless flow” (The Fader), remains firmly centerstage.

Having received an accolade of praise from tastemaker sites such as i-D, The Fader and Pigeons & Planes, as well as his contemporaries including Big Boi and ASAP Ferg who brought him on stage during a recent Sydney performance, Manu Crooks is quickly becoming the face of urban music in Australia.


. He released his debut EP last year and consequently toured his home country with both Stormzy and Tory Lanez before headlining his own Australian tour sponsored by Noisey. His global reach was extended upon the release of breakthrough single ‘Everyday’ which is closing in on 2 million views on YouTube and the video for ‘Day Ones’ also passing the 1.5 million mark, whilst Spotify streams for both records soar beyond 1.5 million each. Manu Crooks then closed out 2017 by teaming up with close friend and collaborator Anfa Rose for the double drop of ‘Presence’ and ‘All I Need’, which have since amassed over 1.2 million streams respectively.

Currently embarking on his ‘Mood Forever’ World Tour taking in his opening dates in Canada, Manu Crooks’ enthralling versatility as an artist is one of his main attributes as he is able to draw upon, yet distinguish himself from, the hubs of US and UK Hip Hop. His Australian upbringing has enabled him to draw on authenticities that the Hip Hop scene thrives upon, whether that be through his non-conformist outlook to his experimental ear, “separating himself from the lower divisions” (Clash Magazine). Performing dates throughout April to June across Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and France, Manu Crooks is destined to break down borders and “make a significant impact on the international scene.” (Complex)

Listen to Fuego by Manu Crooks above and let us know what you think.

Catch Manu Crooks live on the Mood Forever World Tour:

21/04 – Vancouver
22/04 – Whistler
27/04 – Calgary
28/04 – Edmonton
04/05 – Toronto
05/05 – Montreal
18/05 – Brighton (GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL)
20/05 – Amsterdam
22/05 – Copenhagen
23/05 – Paris
26/05 – Berlin
04/06 – London


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