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Whats The Play? With Anthony 'Play' Douglas

LINK UP: From left - Young Thug and Mr. Play

I JUST got back from sunny Croatia where I visited for hip-hop fest, Fresh Island Festival. I was booked to DJ and bring the UK heat to the island and of course I set the place on fire!

It was great to see so many people from different countries coming together to celebrate the hip-hop culture. There were DJs from Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and of course the USA, with the likes of legendary DJ and icon DJ Jazzy Jeff (from Fresh Prince of Bel Air for those that don't know).


FINE DINING: Mr. Play dining on lobster in Croatia

It was nice to catch up with Posty from GRM Daily over dinner - we decided to dine like the young Kings we are and order lobster... This should be standard to be honest LOL.

I also caught up with Young Thug ahead of his performance. I know a lot of people have loads to say about him, but to me, he's a cool dude. There was a point during his show when the power went, he didn't throw a tantrum like I've seen many artists do in the past – instead he made sure his fans at the front had something to drink and were good. When the power came back on he continued with his show like nothing had happened. I rate that.


GOOD TIMES: Maya Jama and Mr. Play during Fresh Island Festival

It was great to see Giggs perform. The last time I saw him perform was at my event in Ayia Napa in 2008. I watched his performance with pride - it had no low points and was a constant high from start to finish. He brought out rising UK rap star Suspect - the kid is a star! With the right guidance he has the potential to go down as one of the UK's greats. Suspect is currently working on his new mixtape and I'm looking forward to seeing the heat he is going to bring.


TALENT: Suspect and Mr. Play

Sean Paul smashed the place to bits! I actually forgot how many hits he has. I was well entertained. I was also pleasantly surprised by the performance of Chi Ching Ching (a famous Jamaican dancer turned artist). He definitely got Croatia up-to-speed on the latest dancehall moves.

Overall I had a great time at Fresh Island Festival. If you're into hip-hop and/or 'turn up' culture, I suggest you check it out.


THEY'VE GOT THE MOVES: Mr. Play and Chi Ching Ching

Now we go from hip-hop to afrobeats. A few weeks ago, I caught up with afrobeat sensation Adekunle Gold after his sold out London show. It was only right that he did a quick Q&A with Mr. Play.

Q: Who is Adekunle Gold?

A: I am a singer/songwriter whose genre, urban highlife, is birthed from a mixture of indie pop and highlife

Q: What made you get into the music business?

A: They say you should do what comes most natural to you – making music and melodies comes naturally. It only followed that I would go into the business somehow.

Q: What do you like most about what you do?

A: The end result makes it worth it. When I play around with tunes and chords and months later, someone is singing it word for word – it's such a rush.


DUO: Mr. Play and Adekunle Gold

Q: What would you tell your younger self?

A: Don't change anything. Endure the struggle. It's so much brighter on the other side.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next three to five years?

A: Making more music. Good music. Timeless music.

Check out Adekunle Gold on social: @adekunlegold

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