Written and co-produced by Piers, K.K.O, is another seamless blend of punk, rap and thoughtful lyricism from the multi-hyphenate creative. Piers proves his known ability as a storyteller on K.K.O, shining with his rebellious nature through assertive lyrics, rousing rhythms and intriguing backing vocals.
“Britain’s hottest upand coming hip hop star.” GQ
“With a unique sound dubbed‘ new-wave nostalgia, the British storyteller is pioneering the UK’s scene.” HYPEBEAST
“Piers James is set for rap superstardom.” WONDERLAND
“Piers James seems to apply an individual mindset to everything he does.” CLASH
On the release of K.K.O Piers says; “K.K.O is a tongue in cheek song that plays with the social status of Karen’s in society and how they view black excellence, expression and success but with a twist.”
K.K.O drops after an exciting 2022 for Piers James. Previous releases from his upcoming high-concept project, ‘Cha Ching’ and ‘Showbiz’ were included in the FIFA 2023 soundtrack, seized the coveted BBC Radio 1 Introducing Track Of The Week spot, a NFL Sunday spotlight and was championed by tastemakers from BBC 6 Music, GRM Daily, HypeBeast, Wonderland and Clash to US tiles like Up Roxx and Soho House LA. Piers James was also part of brand campaigns for Adidas, Stella McCartney and Flannels and rounded off the year with a bootleg collection of remixes and flips of tracks from an eclectic mix of artists including Pink Pantheress, Block Party, Azealia Banks, Central Cee and The Spice Girls.
Receiving huge traction across social media each filp dropped with a video and fashion editorial and were released between Christmas and NewYear 2022. A round up of the remixes are available to view here.
An exciting multi-disciplinary rap creative with talents that go beyond his songwriting; Piers James is a British rapper hailing not from an inner city, but rather Ipswich. An artist apart, both lyrically and sonically, he delivers rhymes that veer from well-trodden ground with realness and sensitivity. With a motto of “Born Artistic To Achieve”, it’s not surprising that “Piers James is set for rap superstardom” said Wonderland Magazine.
Bringing old-school vibes into the 21st century, the hotly-tipped London based rapper and producer has already garnered notable attention across the industry and airwaves. Drawing comparisons with everyone from Kayne West to Tyler The Creator and Dave, he takes influences from Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B, Garage & Indie from the 90’s era and effortlessly fuses the golden age of music with a new school style. Mixed with his natural charisma he is able to reveal his versatility in any track which gives him a unique flavour to the UK.
Snapped up by seminal rap imprint Payday Records–responsible for launching everyone from Jay-Z to Jeru The Damaja via Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def–Piers James will release his new long player project in 2023.