Chipmunk has got it all going on these days, not only is he trying- and it looks like he is succeeding- to crack America, but he is also encouraging young talent to fulfill their potential and offering some great advice along the way. Damn.
The Def Jam Rapstar: Rhyme Master UK schools competition has come to a close and the winner, 14-year-old, Leah Newcombe from the Chauncy School in Hertfordshire, was announced by none other than the grime star, Chipmunk, himself.
The competition was a nationwide scheme and was sponsored by Def Jam Rapstar and the National Literacy Trust. Its aim is to help young people all over the UK to understand just how importance vocabulary, rhyme and rhythm is when writing- and I think they chose to do that in a pretty cool way.
It would appear that Chipmunk was very impressed with some of the UK’s young talent, he said: “There was a lot of great talent that came through from all over the UK and I was blown away by how good some of the rhymes were.”
Leah’s track was entitled Misfits, check it out here and judge for yourself:
Many years I hurt tryna forget the pain
But there are too many secrets to put to my name
God knows I tried my hardest
Kept tryna draw a blank canvas like an artist
But that canvas always got burned
And there were never new lessons I learnt
I’m the person that’s never been accepted
Too fat,too skinny to remain
See people don’t know my story
Where I come from I try to explain
But they never got time
Never realized that last day could be mine
I gotta stand up to my fears
Gotta look past all them years
Cause I never thought I’d get here
But I know I can get further than this
All I gotta do is look forward and not reminisce
Life is just a game
But no one sees past the money the cars the fame
I think its time we accept each other for who we are
And not brush everyone with the same tar
Cause we never know when our life will end
And we cant just always put on an act and pretend
If we do then people will only know our act
One day you wanna know someone’s got your back
So put your guard down and take down that wall
Including me cause sometimes you gotta fall
To realise your still here
Not for a long time are you gonna disappear
Cause we’re all misfits tryna fit in
But sometimes you just gotta be your own to win
Fitting in is just one big game
The game is make everyone the same people have to break the boundries
Need to escape the prison walls
That we created we’re living safely
But safety’s outstayed its welcome lately
The competition was open to young people living in the UK between the ages of 12 and 17. Leah won a school visit from Chipmunk, who bestowed upon her valuable musical advice and gave her a hell load of Def Jam treats.
Next year it is reported that Def Jam will be searching for new talent, with entrants being offered the chance to win a record deal with Atlantic Records UK.
For more details visit defjamrapstarschools.com.