The Square (group)

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The Square
OriginLewisham, London, England, United Kingdom
GenresGrime
InstrumentsVocals (MC)
Years active2012–present
LabelsNo Hats No Hoods Records
Associated actsNovelist, YGG, MTP
MembersBlakie
DeeJillz
Elf Kid
Faultsz
Lolingo
Streema
Deema
Past membersDee Cee
Grandmixxer
Hilts
Novelist
Syder Sides

The Square is a grime crew from Lewisham, London. The group was founded by DeeJillz, Elf Kid, Lolingo and Novelist The group has since expanded with all members hailing from Lewisham and surrounding areas of South London. The crew is known for its youthfulness, adherence to an old school grime sound as well as for the distinct individual styles of its MCs.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The group originally consisted of four members who met at the age of 15, members included: DeeJillz, Elf Kid, Novelist and Lolingo.[4][5] The first collaborative material from Elf Kid, DeeJillz and Novelist was released in early 2012 and predates the name The Square.[6] By early 2013 the group had expanded to include three further MCs, Syder Sides, Faultsz and Streema. In June 2013 a bootleg mixtape was released featuring the original seven members of the crew.[7] In late 2013 the crew began to make frequent pirate radio appearances alongside DJ Grandmixxer.[8] Following on from this in late 2014 the crew officially released its first record, 'The Formula' with No Hats No Hoods records.[9] The EP featured one collaborative track, "Pengaleng" as well as solo tracks from all members of the group. Later in 2014, "Pengaleng" was re-recorded with additional verses from new crew members Hilts and DeeCee. A music video was recorded for the new version of the song which was named as one of the best tracks of 2014 by Complex UK.[10] In April 2015, highly anticipated single "Lewisham McDeez" was released, again with No Hats No Hoods records. Local paper, the News Shopper reported that the Lewisham McDonald's in question had been "immortalised in the Grime world" due to the popularity of the song.[11]

In early 2015, Blakie, General Courts and Grandmixxer joined the crew.[12] In 2015, the group received funding from PRS for Music to produce a debut album.[13] On 1 September 2015, Novelist left The Square to further his solo career.[14] DeeCee and Hilts subsequently announced their departures from the group on 7 September and 27 September respectively.[15][16] On 19 December Syder Sides left the group and Faultsz also subsequently announced his departure on Boxing Day.[17][18] However Faultsz rejoined the crew in May 2016.

On 9 May 2016, grime documentist Simon Wheatley announced he had made a documentary about the crew called "Golden Boys" after Elf Kid and Lolingo's 2015 single "Golden Boy".[19] On 25 May 2016, Noisey premiered the first track from the crew's debut album "Defeat Us".[20]

Members[edit]

[21]

Current members[edit]

  • DeeJillz – MC (2012–present)
  • Elf Kid – MC (2012–present)
  • Don Bihi – MC (2012–present)
  • Lolingo - DJ, producer (2012–present)
  • Streema – MC, producer (2013–present)
  • Blakie – MC, producer (2015–present)
  • Faultsz – MC (2013–2015, 2016–present)
  • Deema – MC (2016–present)

Past members[edit]

  • Novelist – MC, producer (2012–2015)
  • Grandmixxer – DJ (2014–2015)
  • Dee Cee – MC (2014–2015)
  • Hilts (also known as Murkilla) – MC, producer (2014–2015)
  • Syder Sides – MC (2013–2015)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Details
Pengaleng
  • Released: December 2014
  • Label: No Hats No Hoods
  • Formats: Digital download
Lewisham McDeez
  • Released: April 2015
  • Label: No Hats No Hoods
  • Formats: Digital download
Defeat Us
  • Released: July 2016
  • Label: No Hats No Hoods
  • Formats: Digital download

EPs[edit]

Title Details
The Formula
  • Released: 25 August 2014
  • Label: No Hats No Hoods
  • Formats: Digital download

Bootlegs[edit]

Title Details
Introducing: The Square
  • Released: June 2013
  • Formats: Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.musiccrowns.org/urban-music-crown/square-next-generation-grime/
  2. ^ http://www.dummymag.com/features/the-square-grime-interview
  3. ^ http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/blog/the-square-novelist-teenage-crew-future-of-grime
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0ncbBMH5tM?t=15m55s
  5. ^ http://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/2-4-6-8-we-appreciate-the-square
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYa6VDpGj2k
  7. ^ http://www.grimeforum.com/forum/showthread.php?131121-Bootleg-mixtape-showcasing-some-of-the-best-upcoming-youngers-(Novelist-Deejillz-ect)
  8. ^ https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/the-young-musicians-part-two
  9. ^ "South London grime crew The Square - Novelist, Lolingo, etc - announce debut mixtape The Formula". FACT Magazine.
  10. ^ http://uk.complex.com/music/2014/12/complex-uk-best-songs-2014/the-square-pengaleng
  11. ^ "Security guards and restrictions installed by Lewisham McDonald's after anti-social behaviour". News Shopper. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.dummymag.com/features/the-square-grime-interview
  13. ^ http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music-Fund/Momentum-Artists/The-Square-/
  14. ^ "Novelist has left South London grime crew The Square: "Time to be myself"". Noisey. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/HiltsLDN/status/648221523250180096
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/ArtistDeeCee/status/640816779254734848
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/FaultszMC/status/680839525799718912
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/SyderSides/status/678255357144248321
  19. ^ http://uk.complex.com/pop-culture/2016/05/interview-simon-wheatley-the-square-golden-boys/3
  20. ^ http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/blog/premiere-the-square-defeat-us
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/thesquaremusic

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