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Dapz by Andy Lowe

After well over a decade in the game, Birmingham rapper Dapz on the Map drops his debut album ‘Landed’ in October. He speaks to DJ Mag about how grime has matured and embracing the emotional vulnerability of his lyrics

“That’s why you’re a spitter and I’m an artist,” Birmingham’s Dapz on the Map declared on his chest-puffing SBTV debut way back in 2009, shelling...

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...

Darri T behind the scenes music video shots

Darri T has shared a new music video.


The Norwich-based rapper, who previously featured in DJ Mag's Meet the MC column, has dropped new visuals...

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...

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...

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...

JME, Nissi, Pa Salieu, and Lethal Bizzle all appear in the credits

BackRoad Gee has dropped his debut mixtape, 'Reporting Live (From The Back of the Roads)'. Stream it below. 

It's the London artist's first new full-length...

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...

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...

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...

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...

BackRoad Gee is the next artist in the opening season of our new series, Meet The MC

Backroad Gee, the London-based UK rap artist best known for his hit, 'Party Popper', is next in the opening season of our new series, Meet...

The third artist in our Meet The MC video series is BackRoad Gee. An MC that needs little introduction after blowing up in 2020, he’s...

BackRoad Gee has the kind of voice that makes you stop what you’re doing and listen. The East London-born artist has spun himself a formidable...

Meet the MC is our latest DJ Mag Originals video series, combining a freestyle platform with in-depth fly-on-the-wall interviews, exploring the stories of these crucial...

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Meet the MC is our new DJ Mag Originals series, introducing the most vital artists in...

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...

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...