The New Year brings a new name for Shola Quadri. Having operated under the moniker of ShoBiz, he has re-emerged as Simi Crowns. The song remains the same however, a refreshingly new take on Irish hip-hop. Inspired by his Nigerian upbringing, Crowns has a foot in many camps – fusing African style with the more familiar rap sounds. A fiercely independent artist, he writes and produces all his music – as well as directing a string of eye catching videos.
Simi Crowns was photographed for State’s Faces of 2014 by Olga Kuzmenko and plays the launch gig at the Mercantile on Jan 18th.