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BAWO

Since making his debut six years ago, West London artist Bawo has been making waves in the capital and beyond. He speaks to James Keith about the influence of home on his sound, working with Oscar #Worldpeace, and his forthcoming project, ‘Legitimate Cause’

Over the years, West London has given us some titans in the rap scene, from C Biz and K Koke to Nines and Knucks...

Meet the MC: SamRecks

Since his debut single ‘On Me’ in 2020, Nigeria-born, London-raised MC SamRecks has been evolving his own relaxed, lo-fi take on UK drill. He speaks to Robert Kazandijan about mastering mixtapes at school, Drake's 'Comeback Season', and breaking genre boundaries

“There’s one thing I really remember. It was when I was with my grandma,” says Nigeria-born, South London-raised rapper SamRecks, summoning hazy memories of his...

shasimone by CHRISTINA NWABUGO

British-Ghanaian MC ShaSimone has had a whirlwind two years, featuring on a number one album, dropping her debut EP, and becoming a regular face on GRM Daily. She speaks to Rahel Aklilu about being impulsive, the influence of East London on her sound, and working with Mercury Prize-winning rapper Dave

Simmering refers to the state of cooking just before boiling point — the hottest temperature before things erupt. It’s fitting that 26-year-old rapper Shauna Yeboah...

Bemz by Andy Lowe

Sent to live in a tiny town on the west coast of Scotland in his teens, Bemz took up music to reconnect with what he’d lost. Over a decade later, he’s cementing a legacy for himself, his family and the Scottish rap community

Everything Bemz does is driven by one thought: “For every pound I spend on music, I take that away from my daughter’s mouth. So I...

sbk shot by Sam Singer

In this month’s Meet the MC, Amy Fielding speaks with London-based artist sbk about coming up through the capital’s grime scene, his debut mixtape, and a new creative direction

At just 13-years-old, an MC going by the name of sbk sent an email to Lewisham artist and XL Recordings affiliate, Kwadwo Quentin Kankam, better...

Jeshi

East London’s Jeshi documents personal struggles, social contradictions and life’s day-to-day mundanities with a wry wit and relatable appeal. For this month’s Meet the MC, Rahel Aklilu speaks to him about the observational songwriting of his debut album, ‘Universal Credit’

"This is less of a big, brash political statement, which you’d expect because of the title, but rather a collection of observations from a man...

Drawing influences from rock music, weird films and the “creepier side”, TeeZandos is upending expectations of what a drill MC can be. With her star...

TeeZandos is the Antichrist of drill, dousing your expectations in lighter fluid and striking a match. She does what she wants, she says what she...

After first breaking through over a decade ago with bassline hit ‘Manny Man’, Manchester MC Murkz has returned revitalised with a new sound. Ahead of a...

Although Manchester has a long, proud history in music, growing up in the North West as an aspiring MC is not without its barriers. The...

Leeds-based rapper ATO uses music to reflect on his life and show an alternative side to the London-centric perception of Black Britishness. Ahead of his...

It all began with Pokémon. A digital world of endless exploration, it’s a common place for kids to lose themselves entirely; a fantasy of bright...

Nova made history last year when she became the first grime artist to win Scottish Album of the Year. An MC who wears her heart...

From 2007 to 2012, London promoters Eat Your Own Ears hosted Underage Festival at Victoria Park. Open to young people aged between 13 and 17...

Inspired by the flourishing West African rap scene and her time spent living in the United States, Ghanaian artist Amaarae has been crafting a sound...

Ghana’s capital, Accra, is often described as the country’s beating heart. Home to the buzzing Makola Market, postcard-perfect beaches and high-energy nightlife, it’s a hub...

Tattooist-turned-rapper TRAPY speaks to Amy Fielding about his favourite Marvel characters, obscure samples, and his reason for anonymity

Framed by white curtains and stood against the red brick tower blocks of the city, West-London born, British-Serbian artist TRAPY looks down from a window...

The second artist in our new Meet the MC DJ Mag Originals video series is West Londoner, Br3nya. In her episode, she takes DJ Mag...

Of the raft of female MCs coming through in the UK right now, West London’s Br3nya is a legit standout, coupling her dexterous flow with...

Part of a collective of East London MCs pushing UK drill into new territory, V9 (pronounced Venom) speaks to DJ Mag's Rob McCallum about his...

It’s late on a Saturday evening in August and V9 is in the vocal booth at the Bermuda Music studio in North London. His engineer...

Meet the MC is DJ Mag's interview series, getting to know emerging MCs on the electronic music scene. This month, Felicity Martin catches up with...

“Shaybo, ya dun know”: the name might be new to casual listeners, but to early followers of UK road rap, Shaybo is no newcomer. There’s...