Dr Syntax is a rapper from the United Kingdom. The North Oxfordshire countryside, to be exact. While this is hardly a renowned hotbed of hip hop talent, it hasn’t stopped him from establishing himself as one of the most reputed and prolific emcees in the UK hip hop scene. Tracks like ‘Subcultures’ and ‘Hire Me’ showcase his trademark self-deprecating, dry sense of humour amd always-on-point rhyme skills, and have earned this unlikely underground stalwart a die-hard following.
Syntax burst onto the scene in 2003 as a peripheral member of the legendary Foreign Beggars crew, appearing on two tracks on their classic debut ‘Asylum Speakers’ and touring with them extensively. His solo albums, ‘Self Taught’ and ‘Benny Huge’, and his duo album with North London rapper Ed Skrein (as Skreintax), received critical acclaim in the UK music press, and in Autumn 2012 he will release his highly-anticipated collaboration album with producer Tom Caruana, ‘A Slice Of Fried Gold’, a concept album based around dialogue samples from the work of legendary comedy director Edgar Wright.
A seasoned live performer, Syntax has rocked pretty much every hip hop night worth its salt in the UK during the past decade, and has played at festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Splash! (Germany), Hip Hop Kemp (Czech Republic), Outlook and Soundwave (Croatia). He has opened for legendary acts such as Wu Tang Clan, Slum Village, KRS One and Pharoahe Monch. Recently he has been fronting 8-piece Manchester hip hop/funk band The Mouse Outfit, and they are working on their debut collaborative album, set for release in early 2013.