An overview of who to start paying attention to when it comes to the bubbling UK hip-hop scene.
Over the last couple of years, UK hip-hop, rap and grime (yes, they are separate genres) have risen in popularity across the world. Section Boyz and Dave got massive co-signs from Drake; the likes of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and Giggs finally got the recognition they deserved outside of the UK; Stormzy established himself as one of the best artists in the world; and Kanye West bringing out a mob of UK artists to "All Day" back at the 2015 BRITs awards all but cemented the artistic scene in the UK as the hottest property.
In 2017, many listeners were introduced to the depth of talent coming out of the UK via Drake’s More Life making them hungry for more-- whether it be the soothing vocals of singer Jorja Smith or the bravado of Giggs. MCs and crews delivered, with Dave, J Hus, AJ Tracey, Stefflon Don, 67, Dizzee Rascal, New Gen, Section Boyz, Nines, Wiley and Stormzy releasing albums that were lauded by critics and fans alike. With such a prominent roster of artists on the come-up, it makes sense that there’s a healthy, bubbling underground waiting to burst and take a shot at the throne.
We’ve broken down 10 artists to watch out for in 2018; some may have had a serious 2017 but this is their year to get more than just a foothold in the game. Featuring a variety of styles from UK drill to grime to bashment rap to UK hip-hop, the following 10 artists are just the tip of the iceberg.