[1st October 2021] This year has been a huge one for Norwich based rapper, producer and songwriter COLL. Stemming from his first 2021 release ‘L8 Nights’, an anthem designed for the determined, he swiftly followed this with the fun, quirky and equally as catchy second single ‘Who’s That’. Showcasing his ever growing versatility as an artist, this new twist created an even deeper connection with his incredibly supportive fans.
Now, as if planned to perfection, the moment we have all been waiting for as COLL prepares to unveil his eagerly anticipated third and final mixtape of the series ‘Blue Magic 3’. A fully formed, carefully cultivated project, this new mixtape contains 10 tracks and is overflowing with exciting and innovative collaborations. A mix of singles and interludes, COLL takes us back to the classic days of ‘the mixtape’ without skimping on any of that juicy quality. A project that effortlessly flows from one tune to the other, yet still treats listeners to a whole new flavour with each passing song. As if writing for the seasons and for your feelings, COLL’s lyrical flair and production technique shines through, providing a soundtrack for your ‘Coldest Winter’ and those warm summer days, from self-reflection to self-motivation, he documents the many experiences he has faced and the lessons learned. Joining him on this final stretch and send off are a collection of the finest Rap artists from near and far, with Sleep's Cousin hopping on the aforementioned ‘Coldest Winter’, Big Jeezy on ‘Wave’ and JR & Megamind on ‘Oh MY’.
“ ‘Coldest Winter’ features Sleep's Cousin, another artist from the /east of England who is making big waves. I respected his work ethic and when we linked up in the studio we made a song we were both happy with after just 2 hours. When I had produced the beat I had to re-write my verse after I heard what Sleep's had done. He clearly wasn't playing around that day and It's always good to be kept on your toes. We both went in, no mercy.” - COLL
Promoting the importance of positivity and hard work, COLLs music remains a welcomed breath of fresh air in the Rap & Hip Hop world. Emanating an incredibly uplifting energy, the young Rapper discusses the importance of self-love and hard work, accomplishing this in an assured, empowering and well-versed way. His lyrics are genuine, authentic and often autobiographical thus creating an artist who has lived the songs he writes, allowing him to create lasting connections with fans.
Each mixtape shares a snippet in time, a small window into COLL’s winding and vast artistic journey which now culminates in one final chapter, one last piece of the puzzle, the end of an incredible body of work, COLL presents ‘Blue Magic 3’.
Photos by Bartosz Halicki
“I made BM3 with the sole purpose of collaborating with other people I respect and I wanted it to be fun and something you can listen to on repeat. It's my third mixtape and I feel very blessed to have come this far and to have worked with so many talented people along the way. This is the final one in the Blue Magic series so I hope you enjoy it.” - COLL
Born in Zimbabwe COLL moved over to the UK when he was eight years old. It was at this tender age the spark for music was lit and he became obsessed with Hip Hop music from the Godfather’s themselves, The Notorious B.I.G & Tupac being two of his biggest inspirations. These huge artists started a fire in COLL, pushing him to embark on his own musical journey. Fast forward to now and COLL sits on a well made bed of 2 EP’s and a multitude of singles, all steadily growing in streams and views. He’s performed at numerous festivals such as Latitude and Sundown and has even set up his own label, True Music Records.
This Norwich-based imprint strives to offer a platform for and champions local artists, in order to help kickstart their own careers. As a testament to this, True Music Records recently secured funding and backing from the Arts Council England in collaboration with Pirate Studios, who have been able to provide free invaluable studio time to artists on their roster as well as other local musicians. Paying it forward, COLL’s not only paving his own way in this industry, he plans on making the road big enough for all the local talent that he’s bringing with him.