Catford Grime rapper ShaoDow has been unafraid to expose his gifted lyricism. His furious flow incorporates analytical entendres, metaphors and more literary devices to showcase unparalleled penmanship. Outside of music, he’s a disciplined Jack of all trades: a trained Shaolin Kung Fu master and fluent French-Japanese speaker with a Law degree. Shao’s live arena repertoire includes performing among the likes of Stormzy, Skepta and Tech N9ne. He’s also toured Thailand and headlined the 02 Academy Oxford twice.

“I’m a lyricist first, always have been, always will be. Making full on songs is fun, but sometimes I just want to go in and remind a dude that Shao can spit. I’ve known Abs since college days, we were messing about, rapping and trying to avoid a boring life back then, I guess in some ways we still are.

“The Morning After Morning” featuring Abiade cements both Londoners’ spots in the UK hip-hop scene. In the martial arts influenced – Flash Johnson directed visual, these MC’s spit lyrical blows in dark spaces. Shao displays tenacity, building off imagery and quotable bars while simultaneously flipping nunchucks. Abiade’s hook tackles doubters, describing their success and blessings in the music game.

It’ll be hard to wrap your head around their intriguing lyricism and bars at first, so pay close attention. Check out Shao’s self-run record label DiY Gang Entertainment and his exclusive debut on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “Fire in the Booth” with Charlie Sloth below.

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