After releasing his debut EP ‘mood forever’ last year to international acclaim, Sydney Based African-Australian artist Manu Crooks quickly cemented himself as the new face of Hip Hop in Australia.
As his international reputation builds, Manu has also made fans in famous circles – getting tags and mentions from influential artists in the US and UK such as Stormzy and A$AP Ferg.
His Australian tour with Stormzy and the following European tour impressed Primary Talent agent Craig D’Souza (Stormzy, Dave, J Hus, Krept & Konan, MIST, MoStack), and we are excited to announce Craig will be representing Manu for his live appearances in the UK and Europe.
With half of his YouTube videos already at over a million views, his first release of 2018 "Different League" is set to reach even higher with Manu's most ambitious visuals yet.
"Different League" was filmed in Paris in January with French directors Aden Gauthier, Berko & Titan, and Hitsu Film, and with additional footage shot in Sydney by AUS directors Julian Machuca & Tom Fletcher. Machuca also filmed the videos for Manu’s first four film clips - "Everyday", "Blowin' Up", "Assumptions", and "Ridin’".
The result is a stark, otherworldly atmosphere mixing the real and surreal together in black and white.
The clip was filmed in January when Manu embarked on his first ever European tour – playing to packed out clubs in Berlin, Paris, London, Athens and Thessaloniki. The dates across Europe were insanely successful and led to an invite to return to the UK to perform at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton in May.
With added moments like the Alison Wonderland Scarehouse Tour, The PLOT Festival, Falls Festival, a special performance in Moscow, spins from Zane Lowe on Beats 1, features in The Coveteur, Highsnobiety, The Fader and Clash Magazine, as well as high rotation singles on Triple j and FBi Radio under his belt, Manu Crooks proves he is the Australian hip hop artist to watch time and time again.
Manu will also be embarking on his first ever tour of Canada – playing Toronto, Calgary, Whistler, Edmonton and Vancouver in April and May before heading to the UK.