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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...

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...

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...

Meet the MC is DJ Mag's new monthly interview series, getting to know emerging MCs on the electronic music scene. This month, DJ Mag’s Amy...

Infusing his art with aspects of his Caribbean heritage, and stories and messages aimed to drive political and social change, London rapper KAM-BU is a...

In the contemporary hip-hop sphere — and indeed across time — a lot of rappers build their careers off hyperbolised narratives and cosplaying. In the...

 

The face of Gen Z’s new grime wave talks to Amy Fielding about her musical upbringing, personal lyricism and empowering women in a scene...

“I put my all into it,” Cassie Rytz tells DJ Mag over the phone. “I put on a good show for them lot, I always...

Rapper and actor Leïti Sène is flipping drill’s macho aesthetic on its head with a softer sound dubbed ‘cute drill’, combining the world-conquering sound with...

Barcelona is a city famed for its artistic and creative spirit, an inspiration to 20th century greats Picasso, Dali and Miro. Today the Catalan capital...

Br3nya is the second artist in the opening season of our new series, Meet The MC

Br3nya is the next artist in our Meet the MC series. In this episode, the West London MC takes us to her North London studio...