North Strand, County Dublin
Rob Steenson is an experimental indie/hip hop artist from Dublins North Strand area, Rob's style is based around gritty aggresive lyrics and mellow laid back instrumentals. Rob is in a different field then a lot of rappers with his live shows, rather then using a DJ and instrumentals, he performs with his live band ''the Apartment Six Club'' (Joseph McGucken, Simon Gibson & Sean Kinsella). Rob has gained attention from all types of audiences due to himself and the bands versitility.
Rob writes mainly about every day life in the North Inner city, the current state of the music scene, political affairs, life experiences and of course, women. Rob started around the age of 13 in a group with 'The Original Rudeboys' frontman Neddy Arkins..Music was always something of a hobbie until early 2009. After getting involved with the wrong people from his area, and when the pressure of dealing with family members strung out on drugs, deaths in the family (most of which were drug over doses), and general life got too much for him to handle, Rob took a brand new art and craft blade from his art class in school and attempted suicide, severing all the muscle in his arm, right down to the bone. Doctors said he was minutes from bleeding to death and is extremely lucky to be alive. Only for his father breaking every speed limit known to man to get him to the hospital on time, Rob would without a doubt not be here. That day was a wake up call, and when he recovered, Rob put everything he had into his music and decided it was what he wanted to do for a living. Rob has been hacking away ever since. He has gigged at festivals including Castlepalooza, the Block C live festival in the Academy and the Dimestore in Sweeneys aswel as venues such as The Good Bits, The Pint Bar and The Mezz amongst others.
Rob has released a bunch of mixtapes including 'First Up, Best Dressed' for free download, has been hugely sucessful working his way up in the DFI and Dont Flop rap battle leagues across Ireland and the UK, and is considered one of the top tier battlers. Rob reached the top 8 of Spin 103.8's 'Lupe Fiasco Rap Superstar' competition with his track 'Revolution' and has since been played on Spin, FM104, LMFM and Radio Nova numerous times, as well as one or two features on the Hot Press website.
Rob's latest EP 'Throwin Rocks' is available now through his bandcamp page, the EP features both YouTube hits (collectively reaching just under 40,000 views) 'Summer Rain', a song making fun of the typical Irish summer (or lack of!) and his most recent 'Five Years' (given the stamp of aproval from Kodaline, Neddy from the Original Rudeboys, Hot Press, Rap Ireland, Rejjie Snow amongst others!) But dont take their word for it, check Rob's music and find out for yourself! His Youtube videos collectively hold just under 100,000 views.
You can find Rob on YouTube, Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter (Links Below)
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