Brighton hosts the forefront of hip-hop’s post-modern revival on the 1st of May, with A$AP Nast and Sporting Life + Wiki of RATKING co-headlining a night of slick production and anarchic flows.

A$AP Nast hails from Harlem, home of the acclaimed A$AP Mob, whose breakout members include the infamous A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. A$AP Nast embodies the Mob’s brightest traits; impeccable wordplay, tight rhymes and the unavoidable sense that the world is at his fingertips. Nast cut his teeth on A$AP’s debut project, Lords Never Worry, providing one of the mixtape’s many highlights on the trap heavy Black Mane.

After laying down the odd shrewd verse on A$AP Rocky’s first release, Live.Love.ASAP – “I know you n*ggas heard of us, Raf Simon murderers” – Nast began diversifying his features, opening a hazy remix of Tinashe’s Who Am I Working For? and claiming the lead role in Trillmatic, an A$AP single featuring no other than Wu Tang’s Method Man.

Since then Nast has been fliting between projects with uninhibited regularity, appearing on the Mob’s tongue in cheek Yamborghini High – “Leavin’ wit’ me cause I’m a G” – and suppling the sleazy hook for Skepta’s recent single Ladies Hit Squad; showcasing his effortless ability to escape the sidelines and impact the mainstream.

Sporting Life and Wiki form two thirds of RATKING, a New York based hip hop trio who specialise in an avant-garde blend of precise production and socially relevant verses. Sporting Life’s classy beats compliment Wiki’s brazen style, and the due arrive at Patterns ready to showcase their array of refined material.

Having released 2 EPs and a critically praised studio album, So It Goes, under the RATKING moniker, they also have Wiki’s excellent solo output to exhibit. Livin’ with My Moms, which features an effortless turn from Nasty Nigel, captures his ironic observational wit: “Let me tell you, let me tell you about living with my mom, Still smoking blunts out of the window when she gone.”

Together, the artists are going to set Patterns alight as America’s finest proponents of new grade hip-hop bring their energy and acuity to Brighton’s shores.

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