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After 15 years of riding the cusp of the UK Hip Hop wave with stamps of approval from all the major movements in independent UK hip Hop throughout the years, Low Life Records, YNR Productions and now the colossal High Focus Records, Verb T has indeed Remained. He is then, he is now and he remains as hungry as ever. Verb T is one of the most prolific Hip Hop artists in the UK and a member of supergroup The Four Owls, he has worked with most of the biggest names in UK Hip Hop including Jehst, Sway, Harry Love and many more. Verbs is an artist with a unique style and lyrical outlook embracing classic 90′s U.S Hip Hop as well as experimenting with new styles with his own production. Noted influences include artists such as Slick Rick, Al Green, De La Soul, and Jimi Hendrix. Verb T music has covered topics of social awareness, paranoia, drug addiction and self improvement.
In the late 90s an underage Verbs frequented open mic nights across London while also recording his 1st demo songs with friend and producer Harry Love. After his debut single (Ill Behaviour Ape Man Records 1999) and numerous appearances on mix tapes by DJs such as MK (Roots Manuva/Kiss FM) Verbs started gaining a reputation for his story raps and humorous skits which showcase a deep and slightly twisted sense of humour. In 2002 Verb T had his first release on the UKs best known and arguable, at the time most credible Hip Hop label Low Life Records again with Harry Love (‘Showbitchness’ 2002, Low Life Records). Happy with Verbs drive and work ethic Low Life owner Braintax invited Verb T to start recording a full length project with rapper Kashmere with whom Verbs had just started touring. The result was the critically acclaimed ‘Backhand Slap Talk’ album (lowlife 2002) which took Verb t and Kasmere (along with producer/DJ Ghost) touring all across the UK as well as dates in France, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Holland, Greece, Switerland and the USA. After performing at hip hop Kemp in 2006 Verb T began featuring on albums and mixtapes in both the UK and US independent scene appearing in albums alongside acts such as Sway, Jehst, Ed O.G, Royce Da 59, Task Force, and many more. 2006 was also the year Verb T and Harry Love finally released their long overdue album ‘Bring It Back To Basics’ on Silent Soundz records, regarded by many as a classic album. Verb T would follow that in 2007 with the ‘Broken Window’ album produced by The Last Skeptik. ‘Broken Window’ was again released by Silent Soundz and described by Hip Hop Connection magazine as “an illuminating snapshot of an artist gliding effortlessly towards that next level” and Metro newspaper as “proof that the voice of Hip Hop is ever evolving and expanding”. In 2008 Verb T released ‘Verbs With A Vengeance’ which was the first album to showcase his production. Verb T’s latest album ‘Serious Games’ was released in 2010 on YNR Productions and was partly produced by Verb T himself. Verbs’ Production skills were also showcased on the two EP’s ‘Self Ish’ and ‘Self Less’ released digitally on his Bandcamp page and all major digital outlets.
In 2011 Verb T formed a group with artists Fliptrix, Leaf Dog and BVA MC, known as The Four Owls. The lead single Not Like Before and following album Natures Greatest Mystery have seen The Owls touring solidly in the UK throughout 2012. 2012 also saw the release of Verb T’s High Focus debut ‘Morning Process’ which was received with critical acclaim and leaving fans hungry for more. 2013 shall see the release of his 7th studio album ‘I Remain’. After having worked with all the top producers in the UK rap scene over the course of his long career, this time around Verb T is showing his full potential as an artist, coming full circle to handling his own production. This is Verb T’s masterpiece, exercising complete control on the direction of this project showcasing how and why he has remained in the spotlight for so long. This album can truly be described as the materialization of his own vision, with no one else dotting the I’s or, ironically, crossing the T’s on this opus.