After winning the Choice FM Breakthrough Competition in 2013, North London rapper Coops was given the opportunity to perform at the London o2 with none otherthan Hip-Hop royalty, Nas. The series of events instilled a new self-beliefwithin the rapper and having previously used music as a pastime, the 23-year-old Londoner’s passion for the craft was ignited.

After completing a degree in performing arts at Southampton University, Coops set to work on his mixtape ‘Lost Soul’.

The first track to be taken from the mixtape; ‘Chillin’ is an introduction to the soulful, laid back, Hip Hop vibe that Coops represents. With an evident stroke of creative intuition, Coops matches an effortless flow and delivery with abeautifully pared down beat that allows his content to shine, and embodies it’s title to the fullest.

“The ‘Chillin’ track is about good vibes, good people and good weed. I felt this track is the perfect introduction to the Lost Soul Tape bringing an old skool 90 s boom bap feel to it”

Set for release on 2nd June via his own website, the ‘Lost Soul’ mixtape is a collection of tracks which represent a number of different meanings and emotions as does the title itself. As well as being a metaphor for Coops’ perception of himself in his search for self-awareness, it also reflects what Coops feels has been lost in music today, especially within his immediate surroundings.

“Lost Soul is a reflection of my generation, both musically and spiritually, I’m tryna bring back some of that soul that music had when I was growing up”