A voice for the outcasts, routing out of Hackney, rapper Nicki Knightz’s emotional turmoil is easily identifiable through her husky tone and self-descriptive lyrics over demanding, bass fuelled alternative production. Inspired by ‘B.I.G’s’ smooth flows and low tones, Nicki’s voice is still nothing short of ‘unique’ and raw, accompanied by her partner Henny Knightz’s left-field production, making her ‘sound’ even more of a breath of fresh air categorising it underneath the genre – Alternative HipHop.
Nicki was early influenced by both her older brothers who were creating music at the time. She started writing her own lyrics to then making webcam videos for her small Facebook fanbase. Her hobby then transpired into her desired career path after joining forces with ‘The Knighthood Society’ founder ‘Henny Knightz’. The pairing is essentially how the artist ‘Nicki Knightz’ came to be with Henny stepping in as her mentor.
Nicki Knightz released her first EP ‘Hate’ in late 2018, celebrating its release by headlining her own show at Old Blue Last in Shoreditch with supporting artists Henny Knightz & BZERK. She then went on a musical hiatus after her ‘Spring Haze’ video was released in April 2019.
2020, Nicki Knightz returned to share an important message about her mixed-race identity with the release of ‘For The Uninformed’ during a pivotal time in history – the uprise after the George Floyd protests.
The E.P was congratulated by not only the underground scene but Toddla T praised ‘India Arie’ by making it his ‘coldest record of the week’ on Radio 1 commenting “this is special, “I’ve never heard anything like it”. He then went on to replay it on the ‘Rickie, Melvyn and Charlie’ show. This wasn’t the only person that took a liking to Nicki from the BBC, Jamz Supernova - a BBC1XTRA host not only spun ‘Blacker The Berry’ (a song from the project) but added it to her SelectorUK playlist which The British Council published an interesting article on. She has been celebrated by a vast array of platforms - TRENCH Magazine, EARMILK, RWD Magazine, GUAP and GRM DAILY being a few.