Rude GRL is the newcollaboration between Jenna Dickens and Ben Langmaid (former member of La Roux). Having just their new single and video for ‘That’s The Way It Is (Survival Of The Sickest)’, which samples Run DMC’s ‘It’s Like That’, it is clear to see that their sound and style is influenced by 80’s and 90’s electro hip hop, but also post-punk. The first release on Rat Boy’s new label, SCUM, ‘That’s The Way It Is’ features a 24-year-old Jenna, singer, song-writer and MC, who previously worked with Wiley, Bless Beats and Roll Deep under her last alias JLD. She was also part of ‘The Binary Kids’ band, working with Basement Jaxx. She even came close to winning BBC 1Xtra’s ‘Battle of the Nation’ rap battle at only age 12!
With a turbulent upbringing behind her, growing up with a single mother struggling with mental illness, Jenna, born and raised in South Wales, was signed by Mercury Records at 18 years old but was dropped without even releasing any music. Eventually she was snapped up by Elite Models, at a time when she experienced a personal tragedy, struggling with the baggage of her past, whilst her alcoholism raged. It was during this time that Jenna explored her post-punk influences, releasing a few songs and featured on Sub Focus’ debut album.
Jenna Dickens said: “I’m so excited to get this music out there! I hope it causes some mayhem. Ben is like a big brother to me, he’s really been there for me personally, as well as in music. That’s what has made the music so special. We were allowed a space to put everything into it: the raw and the real…no holding back!”
Ben Langmaid said: “Jenna and I clicked immediately, as soon as we met. When it comes to her rhymes and flows, combined with the journey she’s been through, she’s a musical force to be reckoned with. She is the real deal, and a true star, so I was excited to work with her and I’m really proud of the music we’ve created!”
‘That’s The Way It Is’ pays homage to the grainy and distorted VHS look of videos from the 80’s, and the song itself sounds retro, having sampled Run DMC, yet is fresh and unique and stands out for innovation. Jenna has a swagger and attitude about her as she raps with ease and effortlessly on the bouncy beat, a fusion of hip hop, rock and post-punk.
Rat Boy said: “I’m excited to announce my own label SCUM RECS. I’ll be working with and releasing new artists that I’m excited about. Rude Grl is our first release. Jenna has had a tough upbringing and she channels it into witty playful bars over 80’s styled beats. I’ll be welcoming loads of different styles and sounds to SCUM RECS from everywhere around the world”.
Get the debut single from Rude Grl released via SCUM Records here: https://awal.lnk.to/MPGji
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