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What happened to Rizzle Kicks 10 years on from their prime

Emily Brown

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What happened to Rizzle Kicks 10 years on from their prime

Back in 2012, Rizzle Kicks were entertaining thousands of people with their first headline tour, with fans singing along to classic tracks like Down With The Trumpets and When I Was A Youngster.

Fast forward a decade, and many people are asking the same question: What happened to Rizzle Kicks?

The duo, comprised of Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule, started off by attending rap and performance workshops with the Brighton-based charity AudioActive before releasing their first official single, Down With The Trumpets, in 2011.

They went on to release more tracks over the following years, but they soon began pursuing personal projects which have taken up much of their time over the past few years.

Since 2015, Alexander-Sule has been releasing music under the name Jimi Charles Moody, with tracks including 'Only You', 'Shame' and 'Death Row'.

In 2015, he took on the role of Jimmy Sullivan in the ITV crime drama Unforgotten.

Stephens has also released music under different names, Al the Native and Wildhood, as well as venturing into acting with an appearance in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Stephens has also released music under his own name, including the tracks 'Found in Space' and 'Shadow Love'.

The pair had shows planned for a tour together in 2016, but Stephens took to Twitter ahead of the events to announce they had decided to cancel.

A statement explaining the reasons read: "We haven’t released our album yet. We lost a few months of promo whilst Harley began to really struggle with GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder).

"The music game’s changing big time and similarly we lost ground when stepping off the beaten track. (Even though no one really knows what that track is)."

Stephens added that the pair had 'some really good music' that they would be 'drip feeding' to fans over the following months.

The members of Rizzle Kicks have been working on their own projects after rising to fame. Credit: Robert Clayton / Alamy Stock Photo
The members of Rizzle Kicks have been working on their own projects after rising to fame. Credit: Robert Clayton / Alamy Stock Photo

In 2021, following the outbreak of coronavirus, Stephens announced that he himself realised he struggled with anxiety.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, he explained: “I have realised I am more of an introvert than I thought. I am quite loud and outgoing and can be a social creature, but I have realised that.. especially in London...I had social anxiety.

"There are so many people doing so many things. I would panic, I found it difficult to focus on my own time and that hasn’t been there. That has been a silver lining of a grey cloud.”

Stephens also announced at the time he was interested in directing and that he would 'love' to get involved in the job. However, though the pair have gone in different directions, fans still share their love for the duo with tweets praising their music.

Featured Image Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Music, UK News, Viral

Emily Brown
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