The Manchester hip hop scene has gone through something of a growth spurt these past couple of years. Emcee's such as Shotty Horroh, D'Lyfa Reilly and Bugzy Malone are just a few of the names that have been injecting the scene with a fresh batch of hip hop goodness.
There's one artist who's been bubbling under the surface for a little while now, and he's ready to explode; that man is Fabz. The 24 year old emcee, who hails from the tough estates of Salford, has been on quite a journey through his short life so far, and his brand new EP Lost aims to tell his story up to this point. Released on the newly-formed Manchester label Room2 Records, the eight track strong project is 23 minutes of straight hip hop gold that takes you on a trip through Fabz's life through his eyes. Each track carries a different subject matter, yet the brilliant lyricism and flow remains, making for an engaging listen. Production credits go to Fabz himself, alongside Kydro (head honcho atRoom2 Records), Pro P and I Man. From the classic sounding sampled beats such as "Ride Or Die", to the trap-like "From Day" and the deeper, darker vibes of "Just Like You", which harks back to his raves-scene roots, Fabz has compiled a truly great body of work, and one of the most important and influential releases to come out of the Manchester hip hop scene in a while.