• Just when you thought Soul music couldn't get any better, out comes Rachel Foxx.

    Rachel Foxx: The EP – Rachel Foxx [REVIEW]

      Soulful. Mesmerising. Unapologetically captivating. Authentic. Sonically exceptional. I could easily go on if I were to try and describe what soul-singer RACHEL FOXX managed to accomplish with her debut self-titled EP. Beautifully showcasing Rachel’s phenomenal vocal ability and distinctiveness as an artist, the EP can only be indicative of the creative genius and artistic versatility of Rachel, who has, without a shadow of a doubt, made a significantly powerful first-impression on the UK entertainment and music scene with this first […]

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  • It's more than an interview, it's not exactly a concert. But it's something that's NEVER been done like this before.... #TheJourneySoFar

    Certified UK Presents: The Journey So Far…

      Certified UK pull no punches when it comes to anything we produce. We believe in showcasing all the talent the UK has to offer, whether it be material from artists who are making the most noise in the mainstream or the underdogs surprising listeners in the underground scene. We’re interested in quality, being innovative and distinct from competitive brands. We aren’t just interested in broadcasting the changes and trends in the Music, Fashion, Sporting and overall Entertainment industries but […]

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  • ‘A night to remember!’ – Live and Direct UK Event Review.

    ‘A night to remember!’ – Live and Direct UK Event Review.

    Put the hottest spot in Shorditch , together with the hottest event organisers, partnered with best acts in the UK  and what do you get ? Yep it’s Live and Direct UK!!!  Last night brought us the return of the best showcase in London and deliver it surely did. From the very beginning, the atmosphere was buzzing. The line outside Rich Mix was bustling and disorderly, but we all knew what was about to go down during the night ahead. Before the audience […]

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  • Certified UK Premiere: ‘Route 219′ – Rasharn Powell

    Certified UK Premiere: ‘Route 219′ – Rasharn Powell

      R&B never sounded more alive, more sensual and more vivid. And it’s all down to East-London vocalist, RASHARN POWELL. The stunning vocal performance showcases Rasharn’s exceptional range, effortlessly riding the beat, gliding from low to high notes with such finesse and artistic brilliance. #Route219 takes listeners on a journey beyond one’s wildest imagination. #Route219 is a cleverly orchestrated concept. The track is fiery, passionate and an undeniable hit, produced by hit-maker Shaun Barrett (@hypertone). It’s rare that you find tracks built on […]

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  • Introspective – Franklyn Music [New Music]

    Introspective – Franklyn Music [New Music]

    It’s been a long minute since we’ve heard any music from talented wordsmith Franklyn Music. But earlier on this week the thought-provoking rapper released his latest instalment ‘Introspective’, produced by none other but Alfa Mist and has vocals from Kaya Thomas-Dyke. The rapper who is known his unique perception which is so evident on his previous mixtapes ‘Just Being Frank 1 & 2′, brings nothing but great lyrics and fresh vibes. Franklyn recently graduated from University, so I’m hoping that […]

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  • Subjectivity Discuss “Cheating” [DEBATE SHOW REVIEW]

    Subjectivity Discuss “Cheating” [DEBATE SHOW REVIEW]

    Easily one of the most controversial, though-provocative, scintillating and heated editions of Subjectivity yet. But then again, I wasn’t expecting any less from wordsmith LIONHEART and writer CHARLES “RARE THOUGHTS”. The atmosphere was incredible. It was difficult to get a word in at times, SO many people wanted to vocalise their differing opinions on Cheating, trying desperately to justify when and where it might be more understandable to cheat, whether being the person cheating with someone else’s unfaithful partner should attract […]

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  • #ORPHGANG TAKE OVER BoxPark #BuskTheBox

      It’s only right with CERTIFIED UK dropping a special #RapCypher showcasing the incredible talents of just a FEW members of the super-suave, cool & uncharacteristically extraordinary creative collective #ORPHGANG that we give you a run-down of what happened when #ORPHGANG took over Shoreditch and BOXPARK for a #BuskTheBox unlike any other, even by ACOUSTIC LIVE UK’s extremely high standard.   The turn-out was immense. No weather condition could prevent vibes from spreading through BOXPARK. It was infectious energy, an unforgettable performance […]

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  • The influence of Nas's classic debut "Illmatic" lives on. North-West London Lyricist Knucks just put some more SOUL into it #Killmatic

    Killmatic- Knucks [MIXTAPE REVIEW]

      How can I begin to describe #Killmatic … 80′s Soul meets the Golden-Age sound of Hip-Hop: A mix and blend of unfiltered truth painting extremely vivid images, conscious rap with a poignant message and nostalgically driven beats which effortlessly combine the beauty of Soul-Powered artists such as Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass with the grittiness of Hip-Hop pioneers Nas and Jay-Z. All of that and more can be used to describe North-West Londoner KNUCKS‘ debut body of work, Killmatic. I […]

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  • To Be Blunt- Sophia Thakur [SPOKEN WORD VIDEO]

    The  beautiful and talented Sophia Thakur has released her latest work #ToBeBlunt , a refined spoken word piece accompanied by the talented multi-instrumentalist Dee Faisal. In the piece, Sophia tactfully confronts conflicts that occur within friendships, relationships and even that liminal state of going from friends to something more. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the fact that, when in this position, things can go in either direction…. 1) You move forward with that person OR 2) You move forward without them. […]

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  • Certified UK Interview UK Rapper Yellows

      “The music scene has become way too friendly. Everyone goes on like they’re all buddies and Hip-Hop or Grime didn’t start off that way. People clash. But that doesn’t go on as much now. That’s something I’d change if I could. I’m not saying fight. People just need to be real“ – Yellows   We at CERTIFIED UK had the pleasure of having a nice chat with a newcomer on the UK Hip-Hop and Rap scene, YELLOWS, that is making […]

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  • AGE 101: DROP 1 – Little Simz [MINI-EP REVIEW]

    AGE 101: DROP 1 – Little Simz [MINI-EP REVIEW]

    It seems like only yesterday super-talented lyricist LITTLE SIMZ was putting out her latest full EP E.D.G.E. (Every Day Gets Easier), a 13-track masterpiece that reminded all why Little Simz is not only celebrated as one of the best unsigned lyrical ninjas in the UK Hip-Hop/Rap scene (evidenced by her making the shortlist of UK rappers due to BLOW on our #CUKList : Rapper’s Edition) but why Little Simz is widely regarded as an artistic genius, a once-in-a-generation type of artist […]

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  • Miss Online Superstar – Nick Brewer x JP Cooper [NEW VIDEO]

    Just recently NICK BREWER released his video to “Miss Online Superstar” taken from his stunning EP “Four Miles Further”.  When Brewer released his EP back in June, he spoke on his use of a variety of collaborations in this EP and stated:   “My favourite artists are the ones that are able to depict life in a way that I relate to, and hopefully I’ve been able to do something similar with Four Miles Further.”   Nick’s desire for the EP has […]

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  • Bespoke EP – Barney Artist [DOWNLOAD x REVIEW]

    Bespoke EP – Barney Artist [DOWNLOAD x REVIEW]

    So much quality Soul and Hip-Hop music all in one EP, it’s incredible. This is my first time listening in to BARNEY and if I said I was just impressed, that’d be an understatement. It’s fantastically structured, showcasing Barney’s lyrical versatility and talents as an artist as well as the skills of some extremely capable multi-talented artists and producers, including the likes of ALFA MIST, EGO ELLA MAY and EMMAVIE. Its a sophisticated union of Neo-Soul & R&B with some conscious Rap […]

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  • ‘A night to remember!’ – Live and Direct UK Event Review.

    ‘A night to remember!’ – Live and Direct UK Event Review.

    Put the hottest spot in Shorditch , together with the hottest event organisers, partnered with best acts in the UK  and what do you get ? Yep it’s Live and Direct UK!!!  Last night brought us the return of the best showcase in London and deliver it surely did. From the very beginning, the atmosphere was buzzing. The line outside Rich Mix was bustling and disorderly, but we all knew what was about to go down during the night ahead. Before the audience […]

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  • Accidents (Part 5)- George The Poet [SPOKEN WORD]

    Accidents (Part 5)- George The Poet [SPOKEN WORD]

      GEORGE THE POET paints the most accurate image in his latest release “Accidents” (Part 5). The spoken piece tugs the emotional strings of the audience as it highlights the story of a troubled young woman who has just experienced a miscarriage. Without spoiling the plot of the poem too much, the storyline, narrated by the girl’s boyfriend, focuses on their ‘accidental relationship’ and the accidental events which indirectly leads to the accidental loss of life in the first half but […]

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  • An Evening With Nego True 15/8/14 [REVIEW]

    An Evening With Nego True 15/8/14 [REVIEW]

      Even hyperbole wouldn’t be enough to sufficiently describe what spoken word artist NEGO TRUE managed to do in his headline showcase. #AnEveningWithNegoTrue was unforgettable to say the least. The supporting acts were phenomenal. But then again, I expected no less from the members of THE TRUE FAMILY (TTF) and affiliated company with the collective- wordsmiths AYO shut it down as well as duo RARA and RAE POET who educated the audience on why no-one should “Die for a ReTweet”, a reference to the social […]

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  • Always Look Fresh – KY [MUSIC VIDEO]

    Always Look Fresh – KY [MUSIC VIDEO]

    KY’s EP “Nothing But Truth” went straight in to the Top 30 of the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap Chart in the week of its release. And, after staying in the chart for the whole week, the video for single “Always Look Fresh” is now available for public viewing. KY clearly is dedicated to fashion, made apparent by his lyrics in the track which profess his desire at all times to be laced with the best apparel out there, maintaining his image of worth […]

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  • Leicester’s KY creates a storm at the ‘Don’t Flop’ battle event & more !

    Leicester’s KY creates a storm at the ‘Don’t Flop’ battle event & more !

    Last week Leicester’s rapper KY featured in a heated freestyle battle against UK rapper Pedro at the notorious “Don’t Flop” Battle event. You could almost feel the tension ooze from his forehead, as the lines he articulated became more and more intense throughout the duration of the battle.  I don’t know about you, but I personally would not like to battle KY when he’s on a roll! The dynamic battle illustrates KY’s comical freestyle ability, whilst cleverly conveying his gifted […]

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