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Tali by Jamie Lees

Tali was the first female drum & bass MC to feature on DJ Mag’s cover in 2004, coinciding with the release of her debut album ‘Lyric On My Lip’ on Full Cycle. Nearly 18 years on from that trailblazing release, Jake Hirst connects with the artist to discuss her self-produced eighth studio album, ‘Future Dwellers’, and the journey of self-worth that lead to it

“I was so busy and stressed back then, but I was having the time of my life,” Tali says, sitting back in her chair with...

DRS performing live

With a career spanning 30 years, more than 400 tracks to his name and a history hosting the biggest stages, DRS recently embarked on a new, ground-breaking chapter with his headline live show tour: The Man Who Fell To Earth. Jake Hirst hears the story behind a project representing something much greater than music for DRS

A Thursday night drum & bass gig in Bristol is standard these days, considering its reputation as a home for d&b. But this event is...

A key artist in UK rap’s second generation, Potter Payper emerged from his most recent stint in prison on a tidal wave of creative energy that...

Potter Payper is lucky to be here. How lucky depends on how deep you probe into the many lives he’s lived. Actually, ‘luck’ probably isn’t...

It's the second single from the MC's forthcoming EP

Le3 bLACK has shared a new single.

Serving as the second drop from the South-East London rapper's forthcoming '3 LINK' EP via DMY later this...

Krept & Konan and DJ Target welcome JME, Aitch, Ashleigh Jadee, D Double E and more as guests

BBC Three’s The Rap Game UK has announced it will return to the screen later this month.

The multiple award-nominated BBC Three series sees Krept...

The likes of "bandoe", "connect" and "whipping" are off-limits for five years...

Rico Racks has been banned from using certain words in his music.

Eight months on from YouTube removing over 100 drill videos from its site...

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...

Master Peace is settled into a booth at The Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch.  Nestled amongst bare bricks and leather seats, the South London MC oozes an infectious...

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...

After a humungous 2017, grime star AJ Tracey has deservedly taken away the Best MC gong this time around...

   

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Those who’ve followed the career trajectories of the likes of Stormzy and other breakout rap...

The Sleaford Mods singer gets gobby...

Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn started Sleaford Mods a few years ago, but it's only really now that they're breaking through into wider musical consciousness...

Coxy teams with old pal MC Magika for historical reunion special

Carl Cox is teaming up with his old buddy MC Magika for a special reunion set in Birmingham in a few weeks time.

Carl will...

Weak MCs are ruining DJ sets. Respect the music, says our resident ranter...

Best days of our lives. Truly the internet age has made more music accessible to more of us than ever before. With infa-red agility we...

MCs were often maligned in the early days of drum & bass, but nowadays it's pretty much universally accepted that a renegade mic-spitter is a...

“There is no other music in the world where an MC stands on the stage for an hour and continuously sprays lyrics with such clarity and power over so many frequencies,” Eksman, one of the d&b scene's foremost MCs, tells DJ Mag. “The life and evolution of the drum & bass MC has grown from strength to strength over the years, and I have no doubt that down the line many more great things are in store for the future generation of MCs in our music.” 
Undoubtedly so. The role of the drum and bass MC has steadily progressed simultaneously with the scene it resides in, although in the early days MCs experienced negativity from some DJs. But the MC has fought for its corner, and now overwhelmingly basks in the same golden glory as the DJ.