University can be a defining experience.
For many, it's the first time they leave home, the first time they achieve true independence. For others, it can be the first time they taste dis-illusionment, the first hint of bitter failure.
Raphael Blake was brought up in South East London but now lives in Nottingham. A spoken word artist, the performer matches dextrous flow to an emotional appeal which offers genuine insight.
New mixtape 'The Undergrad' contains eighteen tracks and will be released in three parts: 1st (Ambition), 2nd (Reality) and final years (Sacrifice).
Each has its own theme, with Blake's words sitting against a diverse array of sounds, styles and arrangements. New cut 'It's More Than Poetry' is buoyed by a supple, drum 'n' bass backing, almost jazz tinged in its rhythmic dexterity.
Raphael Blake's words have a musicality of their own, matched by a delivery which sits between the spoken word scene and the work of, say, Ghostpoet.
Check it out now.