The Radar: Skint But Stoned by Chedeye Knights
After performing for five years, the stoner hip hop collective finally release their first full EP.
Chedeye Knights – one of the wittiest names for a music collective that we’ve heard in a long time – have been performing together since 2015, playing festivals like Nozstock and supporting hip hop legends like The Pharcyde, DJ Premier and the Sugarhill Gang.
Now, finally, they have released their first EP, the appropriately titled Skint But Stoned.
Each of the three Knights have released numerous projects individually, and Prefects and Mickey Locks have collaborated on a number of releases as a duo. But it is obvious that BlackDot (the most mysterious Knight, by all accounts) adds a dimension to Chedeye Knights that isn’t present in Prefects and Locks’ fine work as a duo.
As the name suggests, this is stoner hip hop – funky but chilled. Opener Casual almost feels like a mission statement. “Mega chill”, as they announce on the track itself. There is a jazzy vibe that permeates much of it too, most notably on Dangerous Liaisons and the sample in Kinda Happy.
Of course, with a name like Chedeye Knights, there is something wry about it all too, and you can’t help but raise a smile at the very scouse delivery.
In some ways, it makes sense to release their debut EP in the era of Covid. Whether you’re a stoner or not, you’ve spent the last few months in the proximity of doing absolutely nothing, and the lazy vibes of Skint But Stoned seems to be something we can all relate to as we enter Lockdown II: The Revenge. Chedeye Knights could seize this moment.