Ash Shakur, aka Art life Ash has managed to forge his own unique path as both an illustrator and hip hop artist. The south Londoner is known for his leftfield take on hip hop, mixing witty storytelling with boom bap beats. He’s won fans around the globe with various release over the last couple of years and we always look out for his releases.
He recently dropped new single ‘Skins’ and his trademark up beat take on hip hop shines through once again. In it he asks the listener “how much do you love yourself?” and describes the track as “thought provoking track focusing on self awareness and growth” – he goes on to say:
“I wrote this song to instil confidence and encouragement for people to sing along too. It’s about being 100% comfortable in your own skin! It’s easy to get caught up in the perception of others and what the quote on quote standard of beauty is. Make sure you’re happy, love and respect yourself 100% even when life gets a little bit rocky.”
The 80s soul funk inspired beat comes courtesy of TheBeatPlug, who’s synth bass heavy production provides the perfect backdrop to Ash’s bars, aimed to empower the listener with a gentle reminder to love ourselves a little bit more. We’ve been told that ‘Skins’ is the first of a flurry of summer jams from Ash so let’s see what else he has in store!