Life, (AKA Dylan Yates, AKA dypublishing) a self-proclaimed Bobby Boy rapper from Reading, UK, proves he might be the most exciting addition to the hip hop landscape for 2018. Here’s why you need to hear from him, if you haven’t already.
Life is an underground rapper from Reading, Berks, UK. He flirted with relative success in the early part of the 2010’s when he was signed to local artist management label ‘Play’ after he was discovered by company owner Russ Alsop, in The Social Oakford (at which point ‘Life’ was going by the alias dypublishing).
The pair produced and exhibited an LP ‘What’s Your Frequency’, released in 2012. Many compared the work to something akin to a 70’s version of Steve Francis. It took aim at many other local aspiring emcees, in particular Glyn “babyface’ O-Double (on the album’s opener, ‘Idiot’) and at Farmer T (on the underground classic ‘telescope’). The album can be streamed on bandcamp – here.
Labels made offers, but in the end things seemed to fizzle out without anyone putting ink to paper. After this brief encounter with limelight little further mention of what happened to the budding emcee followed. There were rumours Life was roaming homelessly through Romainian squat dwellings in East London. It was reported in one Reddit forum that he’d joined a travelling theatre company up in Scotland. Early in 2017, however, some recordings surfaced of new material, under the re-imagined nom de plume ‘Life’ and the results quickly generated internet chatter and approval.
Life threw up his new profile on the old dypublishing blog, and uploaded a raft of new material to Soundcloud. The results have culminated in ‘Heir To The Throne’, his new mixtape, and the results are spellbinding.
Released in collaboration with Reading, UK media company dypublishing, you can stream the (what’s being cautiously dubbed as ‘mixtape’) below.
Heir To The Throne tracklist
1. Starboy – The Weeknd Remix
2. Drake – Crew Love (Feat. The Weeknd) Remix
3. Feedback And Comments
4. Say You Will Freestyle – Kanye West Remix
5. Giggs – Linguo Remix
6. Drinking In LA
The undeniable banger of the album is “Giggs – Linguo Remix”, which has laready garned over a 1K plays on Soundcloud.
“I wanted to create something, not for the fans exactly, but for the clerical section of my fans…that’s what this whole journey’s been about recently, to be honest…” – Life, on the creation of ‘Heir To The Throne‘.