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Just before Dre took hip-hop out of the underground with The Chronic, the genre was going through its own civil war which, for the sake of time, we can effectively boil down to NWA’s style of street life reality versus De La Soul’s progressive openness. Whilst gangsta rap and bling have dominated the charts ever since Dre’s debut, it’s been interesting to note a recent rebirth in broadminded, expansive, hip-hop; Loyle Carner and Kate Tempest being the two most obvious recent examples.

Stepping into this light has also been Darlington MC Endem and producer Leum, whose work is continued on their new album Anarchy Is A Religion, released this month. Sonically structured around a stripped-back, minimalistic sound, the album is an attempt to revisit hip-hop’s golden era, with an understanding that anarchy need not be about violence or negativity, but rather a commitment to being open with your bars and saying the things which others may avoid. And let’s be honest, being truthful is, in an age of fake news and social media glorification, the most revolutionary thing to do; “I don’t care who’s fond of me, I don’t care for who likes me, I don’t care who hypes me; I want to look back and say we done it”.  Precisely.

Social, political and very aware, Anarchy Is A Religion should put Endem, Leum and Legitimate Anarchy Records on the map. To coincide with the album release, there’s a live show at Darlington’s Voodoo Café & Bar on Friday 23rd November which, if recent shows at Last Train Home prove a benchmark, will be a knockout. 



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