Edinburgh hip-hop artist releases a song in tribute to his father

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AN EDINBURGH based hip-hop artist has released a breakthrough single about his deceased dad ahead of Father’s Day.

Chris Thomas, known as CTRL has revealed his darkest memories in his new autobiographical single, giving us an insight into his life.

In the single, ‘R.S’, CTRL speaks about his personal experiences – from his childhood diagnosis of ADHD to losing his father at the age of only 19.

CTRL gives us an insight into his darkest moments in his new single - Scottish News
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CTRL’s single ‘R.S’ gives us an insight into his darkest experiences.

The decision to release his new track before Father’s Day serves as a significant tribute to the most important figure in his life.

Explaining the track, CTRL, 23, said: “R.S. is about facing up to the worst moments in my life, processing it all, and channelling that energy into shaping my future. It’s based on a text message my father sent me – his words of wisdom which still guide me today – and it’s what I wish I had the chance to say to him today.”

CTRL first emerged in the Edinburgh rap and hip-hop scene as a regular DJ in the city, he has now founded a record label named ‘Habibi Records’ with collaborators Paddy Do Rego and Mezzo.

CTRL has plans to release more music and collaborations in the coming months - Scottish News
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CTRL has plans to release more music and collaborations in the coming months.

Speaking of the new venture, CTRL said: “We want to provide a platform for the amazing talent here in Scotland and we’re looking to sign aspiring, hungry, lyrically-driven rappers.”

CTRL has plans to release more music in the coming months, as well as collaborating with others.

As he raps on ‘R.S’, “Richard said, anything worth having in life will take a plan, time and effort”, it is clear his father has made an impressionable mark on his work ethic.