- 31 Aug 20
The new edition of the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series launched last week, with the support of the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.
Tipped as one of the Hot Press 'Hot For 2020' Irish acts, 7th Obi has rapidly become one of the most authoritative voices in Irish hip-hop – a reputation he cemented with an intimate yet hard-hitting set on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series on Saturday night.
He kicked off the performance with his acclaimed 2020 release 'For Free', before launching into a run of tracks that powerfully showcased his unique angst-rap sound in the minimalist setting. Among the highlights was 'Caught Up' – one of his most compelling releases to date.
At the end of his set, 7th Obi also took the opportunity to pay tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died over the weekend: "He was a big inspiration to a lot of people. It's up to us now to do what people like Chadwick and Kobe preached – common human decency. Because 2020 is a crazy year."
Revisit 7th Obi's performance on the Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, below:
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Take a look at the exciting upcoming acts on the Y&E Series below:
Tuesday, September 1: LUCY MCWILLIAMS
Following a stunning guest appearance on Malaki's 'Fair Play', Lucy McWilliams continues to prove herself as one of the country's most powerful emerging voices with the recent release of her solo single 'RUNAWAY'. Having already clocked up over 150,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, its clear the 20-year-old singer-songwriter is poised for major success.
Wednesday, September 2: ELINA FILICE
Growing up between Singapore and Canada before relocating to Dublin, Elina Filice has rapidly established herself as one fo the most thrilling talents on the Irish scene, with a string of lauded releases, including her latest single 'Thinking Of You'.
Thursday, September 3: SOPHIE DOYLE RYDER
Rapidly rising Dublin star Sophie Doyle Ryder has been writing songs since the age of 10 – drawing inspiration from the likes of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Playboi Carti. Over the last two years, she's been busy building up a unique sound of her own.
Friday, September 4: MALAKI
Following the success of his stunning Butterfly Boy EP and his collaborative Cocoon series, Malaki has emerged as one of the most compellingly original new voices in the Irish hip-hop boom.
Saturday, September 5: STEO WALL
Having been praised by the legendary likes of Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom and Christy Moore, Dublin singer-songwriter Steo Wall has established himself as one fo the country's most thrilling talents – drawing from both Irish folk and Dublin hip-hop. He recently returned with his powerful new single 'My People'.
Sunday, September 6: NNIC
Blending neo-soul with electronic influences, Nnic has built up an impressive live profile with a series of lauded headliners and support slots for the likes of Hozier and Wyvern Lingo. She recently teamed up with Uly and R.Kitt on 'Not Too Late', in support of the Irish Refugee Council.
Each performance streams live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 8.30pm every night.