This year has been a year like no other for the face of this next wave of UK Hip-Hop, Knucks. After receiving the coveted MOBO Award for Album Of The Year for the breathtaking ‘Alpha Place’, Knucks is ending the year on a high releasing an official deluxe version featuring his latest single “Don’t Look Up”.
Fully loaded with an array of soulful samples, gripping bars, and a never-ending variety of flows, Knucks imaginative storytelling technique is the only thing that stays consistent throughout the project. Taking us on a journey of his life growing up in North London, this project is more than just an ode to his old neighbourhood, this is an album that illustrates the day-to-day life of the people growing up in the capital. No matter where about in London you live, the stories Knucks tells all have something you can relate to. With his personal and social commentary, Knucks has become the voice for so many. The uncompromising detail and penchant for self-reflection throughout the album has made it one of this year's standout projects, fulfilling the promise Knucks has previously displayed.
Wanting to make sure his fans are treated, Knucks has teased his two-part documentary ‘KNUCKLES’ by releasing the trailer via his Instagram. Directed by Lauren Luxenberg and Alfie Barker, and produced by Untold Studios, this two-part documentary is backed by YouTube as part of their Artist On The Rise Program and is inspired by the Alpha Place album as it tells the stories of the album through the voices of Knucks, his friends, family, and collaborates. Coming in the form of a short doc-drama biopic, Kmucks shares powerful messages about friendship and community. Dropping in two parts, Part 1 will be released on 19th December, followed by Part 2’s release on 21st December.
Sharing words on the creation of KNUCKLES, director Lauren Luxenberg adds,
“working with Knucks has been an absolute dream. He’s a complete visionary and incredibly considered with everything he feeds back and the ideas he communicates. He’s got a real eye for film and his storytelling nature really lent itself well to the film and narrative.”
Fellow director Alfie Barker explains,
“the fun was being able to peel back the layers of his music and focus on an experience of what it was like at Alpha House. The silences within the film were so important, we didn't want it to be one big soundtrack - we wanted to have time to just stop and live within these moments through the eyes of Knucks as a child.”