Hip-Hop and the ukulele are becoming more and more of thing. Some of the biggest names in the genre have done a collaboration with Einer Banks at some point in the past few years. Then there are all the lo-fi hip hop artists like Joji or Powfu. He uses the ukulele as some of his key instrumentation in his songs.
I am a huge fan of hip hop and rap. So naturally, I wanted to play some of my favourite beats on the uke.
Below is a video rewind of all the big songs that came out in 2018. Of course i had to mix it up with some of the freshest UK artists at the time too.
Post Malone + Swae Lee
The big song from the Spiderman soundtrack. Post Malone and Swae Lee combining is a melodic melting pot. This is a great arrangement as we are mixing it up with chords and melodies.
J - Cole
This song opens up with a beautiful ukulele chord, the A6. You need to give it one strum and then pick out the melody with your thumb.
Praise The Lord
ASAP Rocky + Skepta
Interesting fact about this beat. Skepta sampled the main melody from an old PC game called Rome 2.
UK Drill artist Unknown T will probably never know his songs are getting played on the uke.
Straight Rhymez 1
Manchester rapper has gone on to make huge waves in the UK industry since he released this freestyle.
Machine Gun Kelly
Was this track Machine Gun Kellys biggest mistake in his music career? It gave him so much exposure, but he also put his head on plate ready for Eminem.
Enimen absolutely ate him up. The (p) in this tab is a pull off. You need to pluck the string and then lift your fretting finger off to reveal the next note.
French Montana + Drake
Im using a low G for this piece, however it still sounds nice with a normal G string.
This is fairly basic chord pattern. Its recreating the synth sound at the beginning of the song.
In My Feelings
Kiki, do you love me? Did anyone else have that tune stuck in their heads all year?
Khalid’s style and voice suits the ukulele really well. This entire arrangement is built around a D#min chord.
RIP Mac Miller. His albums will live long in the genre i guarantee it.
XXXtentacion + Lil Peep
A super simple chord progression and that makes it one of the easier song to play on this list. RIP to the both of them too. Saddens me how often Im writing that on this post.
A super iconic hip hop riff of 2018.
Hands down one of my favourite beats of 2018. So simple but it hits so hard.
The song is built around the Sting song Shape Of My Heart