Presented by Astral People and Handsome Tours
At just 21-years-old, SL is one of the UK’s most prolific and exciting artists. Hyper aware of UK rap’s complicated relationship with the media and the law, SL using his iconic ski mask to comment on the increased surveillance and criminalisation of UK rappers, wearing it as a second skin. Enigmatic like the late MF DOOM, the mask reflects a sad reality and one SL hopes one day to see change: but for now, anonymity serves him well.
Much of SL’s teenage years were spent rapping, documenting the experience of growing up in South London. He cut his teeth on YouTube beats, with its ease of access and diversity of sound especially appealing to his younger ear. While growing up with golden era rappers like Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z and DMX, SL found his path into drill as a result of its prominence around him. Delivering hit singles, an EP and a mixtape, while gaining attention from The Guardian, Fader, Complex and radio around the world, all before he was 20-years-old, SL is still very much at the start of his career.
SL’s distinct slow and enunciated style is there to be listened to and contemplated. The laidback nonchalant delivery is conversational in style, the perfect medium to share the realities of his upbringing amidst a slew of different hip-hop styles. While breakout single ‘Tropical’ was a more upbeat, melodic drill track, most recent single 'Prague' is quiet and brooding, allowing SL to speak to his audience directly. Collaborations with Kenny Beats, Pa Salieu, Denzel Curry and Unknown T under his belt, SL continues to stay curious in his sound, leveling up with each new release.
SL’s live experience is no different, distinct bars and thumping 808s at its core. An exercise in both listening and moshing, SL’s debut appearance in Australia and New Zealand is not to be missed.