In case you missed his SBTV Warm Up Session, which quickly became one on the highest viewed videos in the channel’s history racking up 1.5 million views; Elro is a 22 year old rapper from Chepstow, who describes himself as a “pretentious white boy, who’s main influence is getting rejected by women” – not your typical rapper’s personal-statement.
Elro recently received the illusive stamp of approval from none other than Mike Skinner and went on to release his debut single ‘Bad News’ featuring The D.O.T (Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey) on the resurrected The Beats label – it’s first release in some 5 years.
And now, fresh off the back of ‘Bad News’, which received support from the likes of Radio 1’s Mistajam, Elro has delivered a brilliant new 7 track mixape. Once again, he showcases his intelligent and witty lyrical ability and with features from Grime heavyweights JME and Roll Deep’s Manga, as well as production from Toddla T and Preditah, the interestingly titled ‘Porcelain Corpse’ is not to be missed.
“There’s a real mixture of stuff on here – jokey wordplay stuff but then some more serious stuff too. Whenever I make a serious track I make sure it’s not just for the sake of it. For example ‘Fearing Myself’ is about something I developed called personalisation disorder, which was the darkest times of my life. I tried to explain it as best I could in a track, and I mean every word in it.
There’s another serious track on there too called ‘Mani’, that’s about a kid who’s dad was a suicide bomber. I wrote that thinking that behind every horrible, tragic story, there lies a family, and no one ever thinks about the family of the person, so I tried to explore that too.
But there’s also the funny wordplay style stuff on there with my track with Toddla T, and also with JME and Manga too.
It’s a show case of the sort of music I like and the sort of writing I enjoy doing.” – Elro.