By Tommy Evans
Leeds is currently kicking up a hot fuss. The Kaiser Chiefs are supplying killer chorus driven pop, while for a gang (of Four) mentality look no further than 10,000 Things. But grimy, warts'n'all hip-hop?
Not likely, mate.
Thankfully, Leeds most improbably monikered hip hop tyke, Tommy Evans, has created an album that's both politically savvy and streetwise. He spits eloquent rhymes about Iraq, Bush and long-lost girlfriends, sounding like a hip-hop Bono born in deepest, darkest New Yorkshire.
All 16 tracks are delivered with serious style, taking in dark and moody lyrical vistas to bright and breezy paeans about the 'good life' that Krafty Kuts would sell his granny for.
With a little bit of help from his friends - notably Neneh Cherry lending some sultry sass and the brilliantly titled Jehst(er?) giving the beats real bite and urgency - Tommy E is set to put Leeds firmly on hip-hop's radar.