Abel Gray
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Abel Gray

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF | AFM

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Alternative Hip Hop


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"Respect the Architect: A New Video from Multi-Talented Artist Abel Gray"

Abel Gray is a multi-talented artist. We interviewed the UK creative last month about everything from his remixes with Alex Wiley to his artwork with Hurt Everybody to his perception on his local music scene.

Now, Gray is focusing on his solo material, and handling it all like a true auteur.

His new single, “Respect”, which we are happy to premiere today, is a unique fusion of multiple styles and inspirations. It's loud, aggressive, and more rock 'n' roll than hip-hop. The song sounds like a party in a UK basement where the lights flicker and stale cigarette smoke dominates the nostrils.

“Respect” topples over five minutes in length and the animation that Gray layered over the live footage holds your attention throughout. It's something that he's been working on for a while and it shows. The single can be found on Gray's upcoming project, Outside on the Inside Vol. 3, as he prepares to close the trilogy of “genre-bending addictive melodies and intricate wordplay.”

On top of the new single, Gray is also the first person to submit a track for our Mishka Records beat battle contest, already flipping the sample, creating his own instrumental, and adding his own art work. Damn. When does Abel Gray sleep? - MishkaNYC

"Abel Gray | OUTSIDER ON THE INSIDE – Trilogy"

SWVNK Mag got a chance to talk to Abel Gray, the mastermind behind “Outsider On the Inside” – Vol.1 and 2.

The Redditch native, still living there, shares with us just a little about his inspirations, achievements and upcoming projects. Redditch is a town in the West Midlands, near Birmingham.
Question: Hi, from the point you got into music, what’s been your inspiration in everything you’ve done and achieved so far?

Response: Well I guess when I first got into it, it was just for fun. I just enjoyed the process of making music, and the result, and the outlet it gives you. I think that’s still the main reason I continue, but more and more I’m starting to think of the actual impact on the world you can have with music. Even if it’s like 5 people listening to you, if they listen regularly they’re going to pick up certain ideas and messages that you focus on and that, to me, is pretty awesome. So yes, I think that idea inspires me to continue putting content out into the world, knowing that it could potentially affect people one way or another. But also it’s just what I like doing.

Question: Any upcoming projects and an insight of who you might be working with?

Response: The next project I’m putting out is the third/last volume of my “Outsider On The Inside series.” It’s a trilogy of EP’s I did, experimenting with various different sounds and themes, just sort of exploring my general outlook on the world. I haven’t set a release date yet, but it’s nearing completion. As for collaborations, I’ve been working a lot with Hurt Everybody (a trio from Chicago) on the artwork for their project, but we’re also planning to work on some music together. Afraid I don’t have any cover art to share at the moment. - SWVNK Mag


In a quickly changing climate that favors the jack-of-all trades musician, Birmingham’s Abel Gray manages to stand out in a room full of vocalist/producer/songwriters.

Abel Gray is a melting pot of genres, combining rap, classic UK punk, and a hint of grime. The interesting thing isn’t the sheer amount of sounds he’s able to pack into this project, but the coherence that he’s able to keep while doing it. Gray effortlessly shifts from an easy Beck-like rap flow on “Another World” to a grinding guitar riff on “Respect”. Gray successfully bends sonics unlike many before him by making the sound fit his style, instead of the other way around.

Still, despite the wide range of sonics, Outsider on the Inside sticks mainly to an overall dark, brooding sound. While “Another World” is something of an “I’ll make it” anthem with a pop tinge, the subsequent “Respect” is much more hard-hitting (but not “light” by any means), but equally vulnerable as Gray discusses his place in the outliers of music, and his aspirations to move to its center. Like a human being, the Outsider on the Inside Vol. 2 EP switches from mood to mood, while still retaining a core personality. - The Place For Things


Still working on that hot first release.



Abel Gray is an independent recording artist from the West Midlands, United Kingdom. Mixing hip-hop with various, eclectic influences, he aims to bring together honesty and artistry, keeping the listeners ear with addictive melodies and intricate wordplay.

With the first two volumes already available free, Abel is set to release the third installment of his ongoing project Outsider On The Inside in the coming months, completing the genre-bending trilogy. After its release, his attentions will be turned to a multitude of short, explorative projects, including a collaborative EP with Chicago trio Hurt Everybody.

Abel is also an illustrator, and has provided visuals for artists such as Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, Saba, Hurt Everybody, Beach Jesus and more.

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