The Face Mix 002: Ken­ny Allstar

The BBC Radio 1xta DJ has put together a mix which merges his usual genre favourites; afro beats to dancehall, and hip-hop covering all angles.

It was a trip to a car­ni­val with his father at the age of nine that inspired Ken­ny All­star to get into music. Now a high­ly respect­ed name, known for his mix­es which merge afro beats with rap and drill with hip-hop, it’s Kenny’s ear for mix­ing that got him snapped up by BBC 1xtra, where he cur­rent­ly holds the Fri­day night slot as the radio station’s res­i­dent DJ

As an advo­cate for sup­port­ing young tal­ent, All­star released his debut album, Block Diaries, in 2018 cov­er­ing gen­res from hip-hop and afroswing, to drill and grime – the album being an ode to Allstar’s younger years grow­ing up in tow­er blocks, and want­i­ng to reach out to the kids liv­ing in coun­cil estates now, who are per­haps liv­ing in less for­tu­nate situations. 

This month, the Lon­don heavy­weight has put togeth­er his Ken­ny All­star in the club” mix, merg­ing his favourite gen­res and keep­ing it up-beat – per­fect for the warmer weather. 

Lis­ten to Ken­ny Allstar’s mix in the play­er above.

What’s the vibe and direc­tion of your The Face mix?

Ken­ny All­star in the club; afro beats to dance­hall, and hip-hop cov­er­ing all angles of what I do in the club.

What’s spe­cial about the era of UK rap that we’re in right now?

Any­one can go from being on the phone rap­ping to their cam­era to becom­ing a glob­al star, young peo­ple hav­ing pow­er in the palm of their hands, and obvi­ous­ly see­ing so many rap­pers I’ve come up with get­ting chart suc­cess is special.

Which parts of your work as a DJ and host make you feel good inside?

See­ing guys blow straight off one of my plat­forms is what real­ly makes my job amazing.

Which upcom­ing rap­pers should we keep an eye out for?

This is a hard one because there are so many, but I’d say any­one you see on one of my plat­forms (Mad About Bars or BBC 1xtra Freestyles) is def­i­nite­ly one to watch.

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