Karl Hinds

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Karl Hinds
Origin Ilford, England
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 2000–present
Labels Ill Flava Records
Associated acts Estelle, Blak Twang, Sway DaSafo, Jeff3, Skinnyman
Website Ill Flava Records Karl Hinds on Facebook

Karl Hinds is a British rapper and producer within the British hip hop scene. Since pursuing his musical interest from age 15, Hinds had ventured into setting up his own label, Assassin Records. Although intentions were to break through the hip hop scene, Hinds developed a craft in a style of dance music known as jungle to accommodate the genre at date.

"Roughneck Sister Sue", the first official single released in 1993 which is credited under the name of R.A.W, was an underground success but proved to be a steep learning curve for Hinds on how to structure the label's expenditure and profits. Following singles included "Cock Out & Ride", "Feelin (Gal A Fuss)/Zero" and by the time Hinds had produced and released the fourth single, the label had been established as a drum & bass record label, which led him into perfecting this brand and subsequently released 20 singles through Assassin Records all under different alliances.

Whilst building his empire and reclaiming successful hits within the dance genres, Hinds decided to broaden his music horizons with a sister label, Ill Flava Records, where he focused on hip hop.[1] In 2000, the record "Don Gramma" earned Hinds UKHH award nominations for 'Best Newcomer', 'Best Single 2001' and won the award for 'Best Video' of that year.[citation needed] Like many great producers, Hinds had created a unique sound that distinguishes him as an artist and producer, where he began to challenge the convention sound of UK hip hop.

In 2002, Hinds released his debut LP, Hindsight. He demonstrated his ability to write conceptually with tracks such as "Rasharn", "31/09 One Day Of My Life" and "Take It Back" featuring Estelle.

After touring the UK for 2 years, Hinds toured Europe in 2003 with German producer DJ Dynamite and gained international recognition.[citation needed] In 2004, he released his second album Have Patience which provided another hit single, "Lets Av It" featuring Skinnyman.


[citation needed]

  • UKHH Awards
    • 2001, Best Hip Hop Video: Karl Hinds (Winner for Don Gramma single from the album Hindsight, released: 2002)
    • 2001, Best Single for Don Gramma: Karl Hinds (Nominated)
    • 2001, Best New Comer: Karl Hinds (Nominated)
    • 2003, Best Single for Get To Know Me: Karl Hinds (Nominated)


Hindsight (2002)
  • Singles: "Don Gramma", "The Next", "Get to Know Me"
Have Patience (2004)
  • Singles: "Lets Av It" (featuring Skinnyman), "You Done Know"
The Need to Be Heard (2010)


Don Gramma (2001), directed by The Heretic
Get to Know Me (Remix) (2003), directed by The Heretic
Lets Av It (featuring Skinnyman) (2004), directed by Luke Biggins
Life (Serocee) (2006), directed by Luke Biggins


  1. ^ Kwaku (2001) "Karl Hinds "Relate to Me"", Billboard, 2 June 2001, p. 42, retrieved 2011-01-01

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