South London’s Joey Clipstar aka The Plug is an instantly recognizable name in the UK music scene, having been building and developing ground-breaking freestyle platform ‘Hardest Bars’ over the past 10 years, which is now known as one of the biggest freestyle platforms in the UK and responsible for birthing some of the UK’s biggest talents, including Stormzy and Ms Banks. Now into it’s third season with a brand-new set, hosted by Link Up TV, marking it’s return with an explosive freestyle from one of the best to do it – Giggs. Known as one of the pioneers of the UK music scene, the rap kingpin delivers his freestyle with his instantly recognisable baritone vocals and staccato flow.
Joey started his journey at Link UP TV in 2013, with no job title and no skills in editing or filming videos, Joey did have one paramount skill; finding the next best new talent.
Having worked with the likes of Stormzy and Ms Banks before they had success in the mainstream, Joey is synonymous with discovering some of the biggest in the UK music scene. He has continued to play an integral role in the UK music scene with freestyles and ‘Hardest Bars’ mixtapes, having released the 20th volume in January, with 29 of the best up and coming UK artists. Link UP TV have over 1.7m subscribers on YouTube, with HB freestyles racking up views in the hundreds of thousands along with millions of streams on Spotify.
With support across the board from the likes of Complex, DJ Semtex, GRM Daily and more, Hardest Bars is back bigger than ever for season 3. Speaking on the new season, Hardest Bars CEO, Joey Clipstar says “Giggs actually saw me one day and said he wanted to do the HB freestyle, right there and then, and an hour later we rushed back to the office and did it! The set wasn’t even fully complete, Season 3 of HB will be your greatest season yet”.
Hardest Bars freestyles will be dropping each Thursday at 9pm via YouTube, with audio available on DSP’s the following day.
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