A new generation of young rappers rising in the Slovak Far East

WELOVEVERYSIMPLE Captivate audiences with a mix of hip-hop, rap, R&B and soul.

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First was fashion. Then came the music.

Many people think it’s the other way around, but WELOVEVERY SIMPLE held its first small fashion show in Michalovce, a small town halfway between Kosice and the Ukrainian border.

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But today is WELOVEVERY SIMPLE (also known by the WLVS acronym) A collective of young rappers, singers and producers from Eastern Slovakia, playing a mix of hip-hop, rap, R&B and soul.

The group, which will perform at the Grape Festival in Trencin on August 12, has a big following among teenagers and “up to 30,” says WLVS manager Martin Dani. say. A country where their concerts are crowded with many people.

From Michalovce to Kosice

Since 2016, they’ve had an annual gig at Kosice’s Cultural Park Contemporary Cultural Center, with over 1,000 people attending, mostly young people, in the most recent month.

WLVS was born out of a musical trio called KHANS, consisting of singer Saul, producer Nuri, and rapper Nicholas Nason. The trio are founding members of WLVS.

“These three have gradually joined other performers from eastern Slovakia, including rappers Taomi and WEN, producer Hujdy, and the latest addition is rapper Porsche Boy,” explains Dani.

All musicians are from the Michalovce region and surrounding areas.

“In 2020, we held our first open-air show during the Covid pandemic, and even with all the regulations in place, it was attended by about 600 people. but the attendance was about the same,” Dani said.

This year they decided to play only one outdoor event –WLVS LIVE 003 in Kosice in July. Preparing for the show required about two months of intensive work and included a custom stage statue of him created by Slovak art his designer and tattoo his artist Oliver his Musinka.

More than just music

@uglyfluffstuff Not only does the fashion brand nod to the collective’s fashion roots by preparing a set of handmade crocheted clothing, the show will also feature Taomi’s previously unreleased work, including “LEITO” and “Sumei Ma”.

Wen, a young rapper from Mikalovce, also has “Para Siempre” and “B. Blanco” on his latest album Tiene Svetla: Chapter 2, released earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Porsche Boy’s dynamic performance included songs from his rap album Z domu preč, and Nicholas Nathon and Saul also took the stage. The latter, known as Slovak ‘The Weeknd’, mostly performed his biggest hits from his 2020 album Niekde v oblakoch.

Popular DJs and WLVS crew members Hujdy and Nuri continued their concerts, with special guest appearances from Czech rapper Hasan, Slovak musicians Shimmi, who released a new album YO last month, and Zayo. A member of the rap group HAHA Crew.

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