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Tributes pour in for garage MC from Flex FM

One of the best-loved MCs in UK club-land, MC Sparks, died at the weekend. He was known as one of the main MCs on the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

Best of British 2015, educated by Point Blank

 

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Grime MC Skepta had a fantastic year in 2015, and it

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Darri T

In this month’s Meet The MC, DJ Mag’s Amy Fielding speaks with rising Norwich rapper, Darri T, about his impressive debut album, the importance of honesty in songwriting, and his everlasting love for the UK’s rap scene

Norwich, near the east coast of England, might not be the first place that springs to mind when considering rap or MCs, but 23 year...

Bru-C in a beige coat, wearing a black hat against a grey wall

Having made his name as a key figure in the bassline and drum & bass collective CruCast, Bru-C is now pushing himself further with a signing to the UK wing of iconic hip-hop label Def Jam. He talks to DJ Mag about the importance of keeping it real

Realness: the rarest commodity in these filtered and manipulated times. Forever sought after, impossible to synthesise; realness can’t be controlled or counted or rated by...

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...

Launching our Meet the MC video series — which you can watch below — is UK rap royalty, D Double E. Having also made the...

Ultimately, D Double E — real name Darren Dixon — is a child of soundsystem culture; rap, reggae, jungle, grime, bashment... the entire lineage of...